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Mexican Senate Approves Migration Reform

The reforms focuses on the protection of the rights of children and national and foreign migrants
By The News · 16 of March 2016 19:34:28
Sesion_Senado_-1_2, CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 10MARZO2016.- Aspectos de la sesión en el Senado de la República, en la cual, la ausencia de los legisladores era evidente.FOTO: ADOLFO VLADIMIR /CUARTOSCURO.COM, No available

The Mexican Senate unanimously approved reforms to the Migration Law, in order to prevent Mexican citizens with arrears int their maintenance payments from leaving the country.

In the case of foreign citizens, the National Migration Institute will define their situation according to in other regulations.

The ruling warns that people’s right to transit is not an absolute right, it is limited by court order or enforcement of the law in each country, according to article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The rights of children is are at the center of the reform. Photo: Cuartoscuro/José I. Hernández.

The rights of children is are at the center of the reform. Photo: Cuartoscuro/José I. Hernández.

Legislators reminded that Article 4 of the Constitution establishes the right to girls and boys to the satisfaction of their necessities for food, health, education and healthy recreation, as well as the obligation from those who hold their custody to preserve these rights, and the state’s to provide the necessary means to bring about the respect of the full dignity of childhood and the full exercise of their rights.

The ruling further explains that, as a proportional entitlement to the right to transit, the right of girls, boys and adolescents to protection and care, holds priority over it in terms of the principle of the superior interest of childhood established in Article 3 of International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Additionally, the Senate also unanimously approved reforms to 4 other articles of the Migration Law, the aim being to guarantee at all times the unrestricted respect of the humans rights national and foreign migrants.

The reform focuses on the human dignity of migrants and the respect of their human rights. Photo: Cuartoscuro/Marco Polo Guzmán Hernández.

The reform focuses on the human dignity of migrants and the respect of their human rights. Photo: Cuartoscuro/Marco Polo Guzmán Hernández.

It establishes that public officials that come into contact with migrants must act according to protocol that adjusts itself to the principle of unrestricted respect to human dignity. Migrants must also be able to contact the National Human Rights Commission.

Finally, the reform considers that the Foreign Relations Secretariat, the Attorney General’s Office and other public offices, undertake programs, measures and actions that promote the safety of migrants in areas considered highly dangerous.

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