The dehumanization of migration

"Migration ceased to be seen as a human right when it began to be handled as a border security issue. The stories behind many migrants are truly shocking, many face adversity and inhuman violence that no person should go through, all in order to achieve a better quality of life."
Por Elisa Benavides
Jul 4, 2022

Migration is a human right, which has been violated in such a normalized way that migrants have been dehumanized. In the last few weeks alone, two shocking phenomena have been seen on the border between Mexico and the United States.

On June 13, in the city of Monterrey, in Nuevo León, hundreds of migrants were stranded at the bus station after the Coahuila police and the National Migration Institute in Saltillo did not allow them to pass to Ciudad Acuña. and will leave them with no choice but to wait at the central. The reason why they were denied passage to Ciudad Acuña is due to the recent migratory security agreement signed with Texas, just as the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua did in order to stop the migratory flow. To which, the president Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís expressed

“”We have increased the number of filters… they have been diverting trucks to different parts of various entities to control the migratory flow”.



Consequently, a demonstration was held, in which the stranded migrants sewed their mouths in the hope that their situation would be resolved. Many of the migrants spent days stranded without an answer or a way to move to another state because tickets were not sold to them, or in some cases, they were not allowed to get on the trucks, for which many chose to continue on their way. walking.

Truck found in San Antonio | Espansion Política

Likewise, on June 27, in San Antonio, Texas, one of the most tragic cases in terms of human trafficking took place; where a truck was found inside which 53 migrants died from heat. Initially, the truck was found with 48 people dead and 16 in a dying state, however this figure rose shortly after. In the vehicle were 67 people, including children, in deplorable situations, without ventilation, refrigeration, windows, water and in a temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius.

Like these cases, there are thousands of cases on a daily basis, many of which are not documented and go unpunished by justice.

Migration ceased to be seen as a human right when it began to be handled as a border security issue. The stories behind many migrants are truly shocking, many face adversity and inhuman violence that no person should go through, all in order to achieve a better quality of life. The authorities are more concerned with preventing migratory flows than with protecting the human rights of migrants, violating not only their domestic legislation, but also every international agreement in relation to migration and human rights signed.

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Elisa Benavides

Elisa Benavides

Editor-in-chief of The Bookish Man.
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