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New Law Protects Migrants from Guanajuato

By Jesús Aguado

Recently the state congress approved the Law of Protection and Attention to the Guanajuato Migrants and Their Families.

The State Institution of Protection to the Migrant will execute this law, which notes that the state has the responsibility to support the education of migrant families, among other aspects, and should impel the creation of social development projects and programs to improve the infrastructure of their communities.

According to the institution for migrant protection, Guanajuato is third state in the country, with a major number of migrants deported from the United States. For this reason, the state is required to ensure that their human rights are respected and protected. The law also includes a section stating that the institution will be in charge of the repatriation of Guanajuato citizens who die in foreign countries. The law says, “…it ought to be a duty of the state along with the municipalities, who will provide immediate support to the families.”

The institution can also request the intervention of the Secretariat of International Affairs to determine whether clemency can be applied in cases in which Guanajuato citizens have been condemned to death. This situation is covered by article 27 of the law.

International Migrants’ Day

Across the world, this day is celebrated on December 18. As in previous years, the Department of Economic Development and International Affairs of the local administration provided a luncheon for San Miguel’s migrants. The event took place in the rural community of La Talega, 15 minutes away from the urban area on the road to Dr. Mora. La Talega is one of the communities with the highest indexes of emigration to the United States. Among its 800 inhabitants, at least 400 hundred work there for the entire year and return only in December to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with their families.

This year, more than 1,100 migrants and their families attended the event. Some of the migrants arrived at the luncheon in their own trucks, imported from the United States. The vehicles were blessed for a safe return of the migrants to the United States, mainly to Texas.

The United Nations notes that throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other place.

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