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Panel Discusses Fate of Deported Mexicans Returning to Guanajuato State


By Joseph Plummer

Current US deportation policies present a challenge to the San Miguel de Allende community as growing numbers of Mexicans are sent here, often after many years of living in the US. Caminamos Juntos (We Walk Together), a local network of volunteers organizing in response, is the subject of a panel discussion on March 8 on the issue of Mexican nationals deported from the United States returning to Guanajuato State.

Panelists will look at the changing patterns of migration between the US and Mexico and plans for transitional assistance to help Mexican nationals returning involuntarily to Mexico.

“In the coming years, the Trump administration’s emphasis on a US policy of deporting undocumented Mexican nationals poses important challenges to this region of Mexico,” says Cliff DuRand from the Center for Global Justice. “We believe it is important to increase awareness of how these deportations affect the individuals who are deported as well as local communities.”

The Caminamos Juntos network of volunteers plans to complement government assistance to persons involuntarily returned who have been productive and self-sufficient in the US for many years, to help them rebuild their lives in their home country.

John Simsarian, one of the organizers of Caminamos Juntos, will facilitate discussion of the vision behind the volunteer network and its plans to help deported Mexicans repatriate into Mexican society.

“Guanajuato State and San Miguel have a large stake in the forced return of Mexican nationals from the United States,” Simsarian says. “Their reintegration into the Mexican nation’s domestic life presents a challenge that this community can shape into an opportunity.”

Guanajuato State has been a leading supplier of undocumented workers to the United States. Based on annual surveys of the Migration Policy Institute, some 10,600 migrant workers departed Guanajuato State for the US in 2015 alone, representing 11 percent of the total surveyed Mexican migration for that year. Guanajuato State has the largest contingent of this population of all Mexican states and Mexico City. These migrant workers typically remain in the United States for many years and establish families there.

Marc Berube, another Caminamos Juntos organizer, says that this large cohort of workers could result in a larger group of Mexican nationals from Guanajuato being targeted for expulsion from the US.

“In the coming years, the likely number of involuntarily returned Mexican nationals with roots in our region is many tens of thousands. A significant percentage could be arriving in San Miguel,” Berube says.

The panel will take place on Mar 8 at 11am in the Biblioteca’s Teatro Santa Ana, Reloj 50A. The cost is 70 pesos.


Panel Discussion

Center for Global Justice presents

“Open Arms: Responding to the Involuntary Return of Undocumented Mexican Nationals”

Thu, Mar 8, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

70 pesos



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