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A Mexican federal judge has prohibited the deportation of children and teenagers traveling with the Central American Exodus migrant caravan, and their parents.
A federal judge has forbidden the deportation from Mexico of children and teenagers, and their parents, that are traveling in the Central American Exodus migrant caravan, headed to the U.S. The Office for the Defense of Children's Rights and the Alaide Foppa Refugee Clinic from Iberoamerican University, filed an injunction to protect minors traveling in the caravan.
The suit urges the Federal Prosecutor's Office for Children and Teenagers Rights, the authority for child protection, to activate pertinent mechanisms and procedures in order to enable said protection in Mexican territory, no matter which migratory status they have.
Adding to the protection stipulated in the Mexican childhood law, the judge determined that minors traveling with the Central American Exodus migrant caravan cannot be separated from their families, meaning that they cannot be deported either.
The resolution also demands that the Mexican Commision for Refugee Assistance (Comar) initiates a collective procedure to give refugee status to every child and teenager that files a refugee application, recognizing the existence of generalized violence in their countries, a situation that has forced them to migrate.
The migrants, among them at least 2,300 children, have left the Central American countries to escape situation of widespread violence, extortion, gangs, limited access to basic services, and poverty; mainly in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
President-elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) will ask the governments of the United States and Canada to allocate resources to boost development in Central America which he says would help control migratory crises like the one that pushed thousands of Hondurans to leave their country last week for the U.S