Mexico – the very same country that published a pamphlet – complete with step by step instructions and illustrations – to assist its people in illegally entering the United States, has declared that it will tighten security at detention centers where Cuban refugees are being held.
Officials also will deny political asylum to those involved in the latest conflict.
“After these acts, changes will certainly have to be reviewed to increase the level of security” at immigration holding centers like the one in Mexico City where a dozen Cubans rioted and briefly took over the facilities Monday, presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar said.
The riots are fueled in part by the fact that most Cubans are forced to wait for months inside decrepit Mexican detention centers. The Cuban government often delays recognizing them as a means of punishment for their attempt to leave the island, Mexican officials say.
The Cubans involved in Monday’s uprising were demanding they not be returned to the island, saying they feared reprisals there. Eight Cubans were injured in the scuffle, though their injuries were not life-threatening, the government said in a news release.
There has been an increase in Cuban refugees entering the US through Mexican borders lately, to which the Mexican government has responded by also increasing security throughout the affected areas. It seems the pamphlet linked above is only meant assist Mexican immigrants, while Cubans seeking political asylum are routinely held in Mexican prisons and at times ultimately repatriated to the island.
Hat Tip El Confeti.