Thursday, April 29, 2010

Instant Karma's Gonna Get You

While everyone, ourselves included, is focusing on the Failed State of Arizona's anti-brown people campaign, Amnesty International weighs in with a timely reminder that, when it comes to kicking the shit out of Spanish-speaking immigrants, Mexico gives as good as she gets:

The Mexican authorities must act to halt the continuing abuse of migrants who are preyed on by criminal gangs while public officials turn a blind eye or even play an active part in kidnappings, rapes and murders, Amnesty International said in a new report released on Tuesday...

Kidnappings of migrants, mainly for ransom, reached new heights in 2009, with the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) reporting that nearly 10,000 were abducted over six months and almost half of interviewed victims saying that public officials were involved in their kidnapping.

An estimated six out of 10 migrant women and girls experience sexual violence, allegedly prompting some people smugglers to demand that women receive contraceptive injections ahead of the journey, to avoid them falling pregnant as a result of rape.

The two situations aren't exactly analogous, of course, and a key difference to keep in mind between Arizonan and Mexican douchebaggery is that the former is actually written into the law, while the latter is the result of a pervasive culture of corruption.

Nevertheless, we would urge the Mexican government to keep something in mind: there are a lot of gringos on both sides of our shared border taking up your cause and appealing to our countrymen to be more welcoming and tolerant of the immigrants in their midst. To then extent that you could make an effort to stop kidnapping, raping and murdering the immigrants passing through your own country, that would be, y'know, kind of helpful. If you won't do it for the Hondurans, maybe you could do it for your own selfish reasons.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Well said. Its sad to think of the desperation driving many people to emigrate and take such horrible risks. Not that Mexicans have it easy, but to think of Central Americans crossing TWO borders is amazing.

What's sad too is hearing the unsympathetic (or worse) comments of the willfully ignorant. There's nothing quite as enlightening as actually getting to know someone without status and hearing their story, though of course the opinionated aren't interested.