Border Authorities In Mexico Tearing American Families Apart
Across Mexico, from the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, to the urban oasis of Mexico City, to the pyramids of the Yucatan, children are being ripped from arms of their parents and hauled off to child detention centers. Shifts in Mexican Immigration policy have led to the detention of several thousand tourist children across the nation. These hopeful visitors wanted nothing more than to enjoy a little fun in the sun with their families, but instead have found themselves imprisoned, forced to live in horrific conditions in the nation’s immigrant detention centers.
Kitty Smith, a nine year old Canadian girl who was recently released after a month in one of these facilities, still awaits reunion with her mother. She was eventually granted her tourist visa, but her mother’s case is still under consideration. She currently is staying alone at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, hoping that her mother will be released in time to pay the bill. “I would like to see my mommy, but I like the ice cream here,” she told our Flake News Mexican Correspondent. “The place I was at just left didn’t have ice cream. It was icky.”
Mexican Customs authorities have unveiled a new immigration policy that is radically affecting the hordes of American families who travel south of the border each year. A 2016 policy change began requiring those traveling more than 100 miles into the country to obtain a tourist visa. Now however, a newly revised policy requires that all visa applicants be briefly detained while their paperwork is processed, until a decision has been reached.
Mexican authorities have stated that this update has been issued in an attempt to modernize their immigration policy. “Like all other great modern nations, such as our friendly neighbor to the north, we need to set a precedent that not everyone can travel to this great nation. Those who fail to do their due diligence and apply before entering Mexico will unfortunately need to be detained until their visa application has been processed," said Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso.
Since Mexico’s already crowded immigrant detention centers are unable to house families together, this has led to the need for children to be forcibly removed from their parents upon entrance into the country. Critics rabidly attack this policy shift, calling it a gross human rights violation. “There is absolutely no reason that children should be detained. These are child prisons we are talking about it! This is worse than the Nazis!” protested Brayden Finnegan, an expat from Portland living in Mexico City.
Conversely, a more conservative current across Mexico is vocally defending their nation’s new policy. The debate between the two sides has almost completely monopolized Mexican media outlets. As one millennial Mexican national from Jalisco, Francisco Ramos, had to say, “It is no good. I cannot even go on Facebook anymore. It’s all I see on my news feed. I don’t watch the news, but I bet it’s on TV too.”
Meanwhile, tourism to the nation has rapidly been declining as a result of this policy. As photos and stories of these families being torn apart flood our various screens and news outlets, international public sentiment has begun to turn against the government’s policy, leading to numerous boycotts of Mexican products and companies. As of this publishing, there has been no new update in regards to the policy in question, but pundits are expecting some form of revision or clarification within several days.
For the time being these children will continue to be housed in facilities separate from their parents. “It was terrible. All I wanted was a nice weekend in Cancun with my family. But now I’ve been stuck in the damn facility for 2 months. I don’t even know where my kids are! This is ridiculous, curses to you President Peña Nieto,” complained detained tourist visa seeker Tom Mulligan, an American national, in an extremely brief telephone interview. “Summer is almost over and my kid’s have school. Can we please just go home?”