Sunday, February 04, 2007

11 Iraqi Christians Caught In Mexico

In the late 1990s, my best friend and her husband tried to enter the United States via Mexico. Their attempt failed when they were caught in Mexico carrying fake Mexican passports. They were shipped back to their country of departure after experiencing detention in Mexico. I lived in Australia at the time. Back then, I didn't know how popular these illegal immigration attempts among Iraqis were.

Two weeks ago, 11 Iraqi Christians were caught in Mexico with fake Mexican passports. I expected the Mexican authorities to deport them. Luckily, the Mexican authorities were more understanding this time:

MEXICO CITY — The head of Mexico's Immigration Institute said Wednesday the government won't deport or repatriate 11 Iraqi Christians detained Jan. 20 in the northern city of Monterrey.

Cecilia Romero said the detainees may be granted asylum or simply be freed and allowed to go where they want. The group of nine men, one woman and a two-year-old girl had said they were trying to reach California, where there is a sizable community of Iraqi Chaldean Christians.

"The situation in Iraq, as we all know, is a conflict situation," Romero told reporters. "The most recent group that arrived in Nuevo Leon were fleeing the war in their country, so we couldn't simply say to them 'go,' without raising the question, where?"

I don't approve of illegal immigration attempts. But, the current situation in Iraq is very dangerous and hopeless. There's no doubt those people went through too much. It explains their illegal attempt to enter Mexico and then the United States.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like illegal immigration at all. However, in this case, why don't they try applying for political asylum at the US consulate in Monterrey, if they really want to go to the US?

2/07/2007 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


I think they already hired a lawyer to get them an asylum into the U.S.

2/07/2007 12:31:00 PM  

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