They’ll build 3 National Guard barracks in Chiapas in areas used by migrants

Members of the National Guard in an operation to arrest migrants at the southern border

By: Angeles Mariscal

They ask for land in the municipalities of Tonalá, Pichucalco and Palenque, located on the Coast and the Northern Zone of Chiapas.

The Chiapas government asked the local Congress for the disincorporation of 3 plots of land in order to destine them for National Guard installations, in zones where migrants pass. They will be delivered via donation, in favor of the Ministries of National Defense (SEDENA) and Navy (SEMAR), Aristegui Noticias reported.

It was last June 4 when they initiated the process for destining lands that would be used as bases for the National Guard in the municipalities of Tonalá, Pichucalco and Palenque, located on Coast and in Northern Chiapas.

Ismael Brito Mazariegos, Secretary of Government of Chiapas, made the request and it was turned over to parliamentary commissions inside the local Congress.

We’re talking about the decree initiative by which the Executive of the state of Chiapas authorizes the disincorporation of three hectares of land located in the municipality of Pichucalco, “in favor of the Federal Government destined to the Ministry of National Defense to carry out the construction of installations of the Regional Coordination of the Nacional Guard,” the note detailed.

They also asked the municipal council of Tonalá for the disincorporation of municipal land “in favor of the Ministry of the Navy for the construction of the Nacional Guard’s general barracks.” And, they asked the municipal council of Palenque for the disincorporation of municipal land and to alienate it -via a donation- “in favor of the Government of the Republic, which will destine it for construction of installations for a company of the National Guard.” Management of the lands will be resolved soon.

In the context of this act, the agreements that the governments of Mexico and the United States reached were to contain the migratory flow and to send 6,000 members of the National Guard to the state of Chiapas; this after President Donald Trump’s threats to impose tariffs on Mexican products if actions to stop thousands of migrants that attempt to reach the United States are not carried out.

The immigration policy of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government of containing immigration on the southern border via militarization of the travel routes and the authority that was given to members of the National Guardia to do the work of immigration agents, have been questioned by civil society organizations and academics that see in it the risk of human rights violations of the migrant population, and the subordination of [Mexican] institutions to the economic agenda and interests of the United States.


Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

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