When the U.S.–Mexico border wall is creating robust discussions on both the sides, many groups think that it is an attempt from President Donald Trump to divert from real issues.
Catholic migrant rights organizations from Mexico and the United States confirmed that it is not at all a real issue. They feel that the administration tries to project it as a big concern to just to move away from the real issues of migration in the U.S. and other Central American countries.
The council also warned the authorities that deportations at the time of increased violence and poverty in Central American countries including Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and more, are creating grave human rights violations.
Considering the changed atmosphere in the U.S., Mexico has already started framing policies to block Central American migrants, and that are becoming human and migrant rights violations.
Jesuit Migration Network for North America and Central America also voiced similarly and said that apart from the visible physical wall, there are many invisible walls in the borders.
One of them is strict deportation rules that make people separated from their families. Reports confirm that there is a stark increase of 143 percent from January when it comes to the children who are separated from parents due to deportation measures by the government. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Sadly, Mexico also started building walls on its southern border to block immigrants entering its land. This further adds the struggles of the helpless souls who are running for their lives and food. Additionally, the country also started sending back the Central American migrants since 2014, and the numbers have got a big spike after Programa Frontera Sur – a border security reform by Mexico.
It included checkpoints, active intervention of migration and police officials, quick deportations, and more. In 2016, as many as 200,000 people have been deported from Mexico, and three-fourths of them were Central Americans.
Many migrant and human rights organizations work to address the issues of such immigrants who are forced to move across the countries and experience inhumane treatments. The organizations actively work for immigrants, raise campaigns, and assist them in their various needs. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Some of the prominent organizations include Human Rights Watch, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Migrants Rights International, and more.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is one such initiative by two journalists named Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They were converting the settlement amount they got from the court after challenging the illegal arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff. Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested the journalists for reporting his instructions to provide the details of news reports featuring him and his office along with the online readers of those news articles.
Larkin and Lacey were arrested in October 2007, but they approached the Court of Appeals with the petition, where they got acquitted. The court also granted them a settlement amount of $3.75 million for the illegal arrest. Larkin and Lacey used the money to set up Frontera Fund for offering assistance to various human and migrant rights groups in Arizona.