Urgent Action: MASS DEPORTATIONS MUST STOP (Mexico: UA 100.21)

September 30, 2021

Since August, authorities in Mexico have been conducting mass detentions and deportations of migrants and asylum seekers without taking measures to ensure that these individuals are not being returned to locations where their lives or physical integrity might be at risk. Such deportations potentially endanger the lives of thousands. Excessive use of force against migrants and asylum seekers has also been reported. Take action urgently to protect their rights.

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TAKE ACTION:

  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on December 2021.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 100.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President of México
Puerta 8, Palacio Nacional,
Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Colonia Centro,
Ciudad de México, C.P. 06066, México
Twitter: @lopezobrador_
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma
Embassy of México
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 728 – 1600
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @emoctezumab ; @EmbamexEUA


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear President López Obrador,

I am writing to express my alarm over the serious risks to the lives and safety of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from countries such as Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador as a result of recent actions by Mexican authorities. According to the information available, authorities from the National Migration Institute (INM) and National Guard (GN) are conducting mass detentions, expulsions, and deportations without carrying out prior individualized risk assessments or enabling people in need to access protection.

I am also aware of recent incidents in which authorities have persecuted and violently detained migrants and asylum seekers, using unnecessary force against them. According to available information, children are also being held in migratory detention centers in the South of the country, against Mexican law and international standards surrounding the best interests of the child.

I call upon you to uphold the rights of migrants and asylum seekers by putting an end to mass deportations without due process, by ensuring that children are never detained in migratory detention, and by ensuring that migrants and asylum seekers are treated with respect and dignity, not unnecessary or excessive force.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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