After the shocking photo from the Mexican border with the United States, pictures of needy migrants are now being spread on Mexico’s southern border. The Mexican newspaper “El Universal” published Wednesday a video of a woman in a reception center near the border with Guatemala, which claims to be from Haiti and crying for help for herself and her little child. There is no drinking water and insufficient food, she says lying on the floor, through a crack under the gate of the camp. Her 14-month-old son has been ill for several days. “Help” and “justice”, calls the young woman repeatedly.
A photo of Mexico’s northern border had recently caused consternation around the world. It shows, according to media reports, the bodies of a young man from El Salvador and his almost two-year-old daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande. The man and the girl had drowned in the attempt to illegally cross the border from Mexico to the United States.
The situation at the border has dramatically increased in recent months. In May alone, American border police deployed more than 144,000 people, migrants mostly from Central America, who had fled violence and poverty in their home countries.
For several months, migrants have been waiting on the Mexican side of the border to decide on their asylum applications in the United States – around 15,000 people have been sent back to Mexico.
After US President Donald Trump threatened punitive tariffs on all imports from Mexico, the neighboring Latin American country now employs close to 15,000 troops at the common border to prevent illegal migration to the United States.
A total of around 6,500 members of the Mexican Army and National Guard have recently joined the border with Guatemala.