Deportations in Mexico Rise by 30 Percent
A Honduran migrant who was deported from Mexico arrives at a migrant center in Corinto, Honduras, August 2012.
By TED HESSON
The number of undocumented immigrants deported from Mexico by immigration authorities in that country rose by 30 percent in 2012, according to the Mexican wire service Agencia Reforma.
Figures from the National Institute of Migration, a Mexican government agency, show that between January and November, 75,000 immigrants were deported or subjected to a type of voluntary departure from Mexico. During the same period in 2011, 57,000 were deported or voluntarily departed.
Of those removed in 2012, 98 percent were from Central America, the wire service reported.
Father Alejandro Solalinde, the founder of a migrant shelter in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, spoke to a Mexican radio station about the increase:
“Mexico knows that if the U.S. were not ordering it to look out for its security [the security of the U.S.], Mexican authorities would not be deporting so many migrants.”
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)