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Find Out What Mexico is Doing To These Central American Refugees

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By law, Mexico offers asylum to anyone facing harm in their home country, but thousands of children from Central America, seeking protection from gang violence, are being denied their human rights.

Children who can show legitimate threats on their bodies, like 16-year-old Rudy from El Salvador who has a large, vertical scar on his abdomen from a “bullet [that] entered my backside and from there it went up my body because I was running away.”

Like Rudy, Joel, 16, also faced threats from gangs. “They told us that if we didn’t pay in three days, they’d kill us and send us where they’d send people on motorbikes,” he said.

A report by the group Human Rights Watch found that half of those minors arriving in Mexico are fleeing gang violence and recruitment, but less than 1 percent are actually considered refugees. Immigration agents don’t even inform them of their rights.

“They suffer constant harassment by security agents, migration agents so that the person drops their asylum request,” said Diego Lorente, director of Fray Matías Cordoba Human Rights Center.

Watch the video above  for more details.


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Arizona Needs Mexican Shoppers More Than It Thinks

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Arizona Needs Mexican Shoppers More Than It Thinks

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“If we come, it’s better for the economy, much better.”

It’s well-known that Arizona is not the friendliest neighbor to Mexico. Time and time again, the state has declared its incredible dislike of Mexican immigrants. A lot of its residents are pushing for a bigger, better wall, which is why they supported Donald Trump in the presidential primary. But the Grand Canyon state might need Mexicans more than it thinks. In fact, it does.

Mexicans who cross the Arizona border just to shop are “bringing about $2.3 billion, and that’s with a “B” and that’s just the tourism side,” said Felipe Garcia, executive vice president of Visit Tucson. They bring in so much economic stimulus, that many business rely on them to actually stay in business.

“We need to be really careful about how we decide to proceed with our relationship with Mexico because they support us in many ways,” said store manager Desiree Noriega. So in an effort to maintain their relationship with these valuable shoppers, many business owners are catering to them by hiring bilingual employees and being culturally sensitive.

“If we come, it’s better for the economy, much better,” said shopper Maria Dolores Vargas. “We could be doing our shopping in Mexico.” 

So, think about it, Arizona — that’s $2.3 BILLION just for you! Still want the wall?


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