Mexicans living in America send approximately $25 billion back home to Mexico each year, making Mexican officials nervous about Trump’s current crack-down on illegal aliens and the effect this could have on their country’s economy.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., a flood of frightened people now fill the waiting rooms of Mexican Consulates, nationwide.
Mexican citizens who reside in the United States have been advised by their government to face a “new reality” where “the entire Mexican community” has been warned to “take precautions” and be in touch with the nearest Mexican consulate, according to a report in today’s New York Times.
Tensions are running high between the U.S. and Mexico, as a result, and consulate workers are busy keeping up with the legal challenges of families registering their children for Mexican citizenship in case they all have to move.
It’s been reported that some immigrants have been so frightened by the rumors that they’re taking drastic measures, such as keeping their children home from school, quitting their jobs, and liquidating their homes into cash.
According to one consulate official, Carlos González Gutiérrez, of Austin, Texas: “There is an inherent feeling of vulnerability that comes with being undocumented in this country, and that vulnerability moves you to get away from anything that is official government. The first challenge for us is to make sure that immigrants understand that the consulate is a safe place where they can get accurate information.”
In response to peoples’ fears, the Mexican government recently instituted a 24-hour hotline to help answer any questions regarding living in the United States. In an effort to help those facing deportation, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced last week that he would contribute $50 million to pay for lawyers at every consulate.
Consulates are also taking steps to inform Mexicans about the process and distributing fliers that tell people how to handle being approached by deportation agents.
Requests for legal help have spiked throughout the nation’s Mexican consulates. An interview with consulate official Felipe Carrera of Los Angeles revealed that dozens of lawyers are available to assist with immigration cases.
“Our main purpose is to find out if there have been violations of due process,” Mr. Carrera said. “People need to know they have constitutional rights. We want them to know about the Fifth Amendment and make sure they are properly advised about what happens if they plead guilty.”
H/T: The New York Times
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