The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) ordered this Thursday the National Institute of Migration (INM) to repair the damage caused to a family of four Cubans who were deported in November 2022 “despite having refugee status.” The measure includes compensation,” without specifying what it consists of, in addition to “allowing them to enter” Mexico and “providing them with the medical and psychological care they require.”
According to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), the agents violated the rights of these people by not “verifying their documentation”, detaining them for eight days in a ranch located in the state of Tabasco and “returning” them to the Island.
As punishment, the officers involved in the arbitrary deportation will only be given “training and education in the field of human rights focused on legal certainty, legality and the principle of non-refoulement.”
Migration agents violated the rights of a Cuban family by not “verifying their documentation”, detaining them for eight days in a ranch located in the state of Tabasco and “returning” them to the Island
According to its files, the human rights unit received a complaint from one of the victims on December 1 of last year. The letter details that on November 8 they were detained during a review on the stretch of road that goes from La Venta to Villahermosa on the grounds that the documents certified by the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (Comar) were invalid, they were apocryphal. .
Six months after the deportation of the Cuban family and five months after the complaint, the CNDH determined that the Migration agents “did not conduct a much more in-depth interview” nor did they grant the necessary conditions so that the aggrieved persons could file the appeals or judgments that were appropriate.
In the interview before the Comar on October 11, one of the deported Cubans assured: “Since 2018 it was hell for me and my family to be able to live together in my country, we suffered constant police harassment.” He recounted that he was arrested in December of that year, “beaten and threatened with death for claiming my right as a citizen.”
This Cuban specified that on July 12, 2022, his father was intimidated at work by the Police and “suffered threats of attempts on his life and that of his family.”
According to the statistics of the Comarin the first four months of the year, 3,374 Cubans have applied for refuge, 333 have been accepted, 607 rejected, and 2,434 Cubans are still awaiting resolution of their case.
According to Comar statistics, in the first four months of the year, 3,374 Cubans have applied for refuge, 333 have been accepted, 607 have been rejected.
The deportation of this family of Cubans “violated the Immigration laws,” he told 14ymedio the defender of migrants José Luis Pérez Jiménez. “During the past year, clandestine deportations of Cubans occurred, despite the fact that they have suspensions granted by district judges or documentation from Comar.”
A month before the arrest of this family, the journalist Mario J. Pentón denounced through his social networks that a group of Cubans had been taken under the deception that they would “process their refugee status” to the International Airport of Mexico City, where they were put on a plane with the intention of deporting them, but thanks to the fact that it was revealed, it was possible to avoid .
In April, Ramón Tejera told this newspaper that together with his wife Yairely Andreu and daughter They were deported for not paying immigration agents an extortion of $1,500 at a checkpoint. Her family was transferred to the Border Bridge II of Piedras Negras despite having safe conduct of legal stay for 180 days.
During his detention, an officer told this Cuban naval engineer: “They give me $4,000 per person and I put it in the Rio Grande for them to cross.”
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