Colombians denounce that they lived a nightmare because of xenophobia in Mexico

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About twenty national businessmen were reportedly mistreated at the Benito Juárez airport in Mexico City

Colombians denounce that they lived a nightmare because of xenophobia in Mexico

Colombians before traveling to Mexico. PHOTO: Courtesy

A new case of xenophobia has reportedly been filed in recent days for Colombian travelers in Mexico. This time, those involved are a group of 16 businessmen who left for the Latin American country on October 20 and say they received mistreatment by the Mexican authorities.

The executive director of Due Diligence US Corp , Sergio Bueno, stated that they wanted to take a trip to Mexico with the contractors of said company, who are accountants, administrators and marketing personnel.< /b>

Bueno assured that all the reservations and payments were printed as supports and they presented themselves in the interview they were given upon arrival, but when they landed at the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City b>, around 6:30 in the afternoon of Thursday, October 20, Immigration personnel told them that they had to apply a second filter to allow them to enter the country.

“Without much explanation, they gathered the 16 of us, took our cell phones, took our passports, reviewed them, and told us that they were going to do a second interview with us,” Bueno noted to El Heraldo.

He said that they interviewed the company manager first and then him (Bueno), who explained that they asked him questions whose answers, according to the story, were not “they were to his liking”.

They asked him why the company had only paid some expenses for 10 days (airfares were paid for by each of the workers) < /b>and not the entire trip for 5 days.

“I explained to them that the idea was for each one to pay for a part of their trip, in this way they valued it more. They paid for 6 months, in installments, their tickets and the company offered lodging and food and some tours”, he assured.

The interview did not bear good results and at 11: 00 at nightThey were notified that they had been denied entry into the country and transferred to some “rooms.” Women in one and men in another.

“Before entering the room they take everything from you, they make you remove your shoelaces and separate you from your belongings. These spaces are very small, since there were 22 people crammed into 30 square meters,” he explained.

According to the version provided by Bueno, the 16 suffered verbal abuse from the staff from the air terminal. They were then returned on the flight of the 5 in the morning of Friday, October 21, but not before putting them through another bitter experience.

“The journey between the inadmissibility rooms and the airline is terrible. They yelled at us and told us 'form up two by two, we want the whole world to see you'. They took video of us as criminals. They obfuscate you too much and you end up feeling as if you had done something wrong,” Bueno told El Heraldo

When they returned to the El Dorado airport in Bogotáthey were able to contact the respective families to tell them what had happened to them. According to him, those who received them in El Dorado told them that in Mexico this rejection of people is continuing and they told them: 'don't worry, none of this will affect you

Agreement between foreign ministries

Last Monday, October 24, the Mexico City held the IV Working Group on Income, Second Review and Inadmissibility Mexico-Colombia. A day later, after officials from the Colombian Foreign Ministry assured the press that the meeting was full of tensions, for which reason a joint statement took some time to arrive. Finally, the series of agreements reached by the delegates from both countries was revealed.

According to what sources from the Ministry of Foreign Relations told Blu Radio , the Colombian authorities came to the table with several requests: Simplify the mandatory pre-registration form that Mexico has required since April 1st, allow Colombians to call the consulate once they are disallowed, and record the reason for the disqualification in a document and in a letter to inform non-admissible compatriots admitted.

The request of the Mexican governmentwas to receive the flights of the Colombian deportees, especially those migrants who failed in the attempt to cross the border with the United States. This issue touched the sensitivity of the Foreign Ministry, since it could open the door for Colombians to be besieged by Mexican migration in any part of the territory.

From the Foreign Ministry they pointed out that it is one thing to deport Colombians detained at the Mexican border, and another very different thing is that “they stop Colombians in all the streets of Mexico to put them on return flights.”

Due to disagreements like this, the meeting was perceived as less fruitful than expected and a statement from the two foreign ministries was only issued until Tuesday, October 25 at night.

So far, they have reached seven agreements. In the first place, the Government of Mexico will guarantee the right to “communicate by telephone with family members and with the respective Colombian Consulate and receive a copy of the certificate with the reasons for non-admission.

Secondly, the Mexican government promised to notify the consulate of the decision if Colombian travelers request it “in order to maintain duly informed the Colombian authorities about the processes of non-admission of their nationals”. In addition, the inadmissibility rooms of the Mexican immigration authority must remain “in adequate conditions” and said authority must review and investigate complaints of mistreatment presented by Colombian nationals.

For its part, The Government of Colombia must widely communicate the requirements that the Government of Mexico requires of Colombians before entering their country, so that non-admissions do not occur due to lack of knowledge. Both Colombia and Mexico undertake to optimize the operation of the pre-registration form “so that it is a more accessible platform for all types of Colombian travelers or tourists, with the purpose of fulfilling its objective: to facilitate the entry and reduce the non-admission of Colombians to Mexico”.

Finally, Colombia expressed its interest in convening foreign ministers from all over Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss immigration issues, which are critical in the region. “Mexico confirmed its interest in addressing these issues regionally and will carry out the necessary internal consultations to confirm its participation in it,” says the letter.