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Senate of Mexico bans housing of minors in immigration facilities

Mexico City, Mexico — The Senate of the Republic of Mexico unanimously approved a reform to the Migration and Refugee Law, Complementary Protection and Political Asylum, which prohibits migrant minors from being housed in the stations and facilities of the National Institute of Migration.

The reform, which was endorsed by 70 votes in the Chamber of Deputies, extends protective mechanisms for migrant children who travel through the country.

The reform includes in the administrative migration procedure, the definition of the stay of migrant girls, boys and adolescents in the Social Assistance Centers. It also prohibits their lodging in the migratory stations and mandates to register all minors as visitors for humanitarian reasons.

In addition, legal scaffolding is created to ensure protection and respect for the rights of migrant children and adolescents during their stay, transit and eventual repatriation.

Senator Layda Sansores San Román, president of the Committee on Migration Issues, said that since 1999 more than 99,350 migrant children have been detained, so the purpose of these amendments is to prohibit the detention of minors in migrant prisons.

For the legislator of the Labor Party, this approval at least gives, “Motive to Mr. Trump, because while he builds walls, today we have decided to break the walls of prisons in which so many migrant children are unfairly kept.”