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Guatemalan president to ask Mexican protection for migrants headed into US

February 15, 2011

President Alvaro Colon of Guatemala plans to ask Mexico to provide temporary legal status for people who cross through Mexico from Central America, on their way to entering the US as illegal immigrants.

President Colon reasons that a “transitional document” would provide some measure of protection for illegal immigrants, shielding them from organized crime in Mexico. He said that an agreement providing quasi-legal status would “strengthen our relationship with social networks that welcome immigrants.” There are dozens of homes for migrants in Mexico, many of them operated by Catholic clergy.


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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Feb. 15, 2011 9:05 PM ET USA

    Oh great; lets ask Mexico to not only help people to break US law but to break Mexico's own laws, too. What a way for the Guatemalan pres to show his care for his own people--foist them on his northern neighbors. No wonder they want to leave! I wonder how much aid we give Guatemala annually. Perhaps we should cut it off and use it to help LEGAL immigrants.