Published On: Sat, Sep 12th, 2015

Mexican senators want to keep open borders for Syrian refugees

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The full Senate unanimously approved the motion to request that the federal government open its borders to greatest possible number of Syrian refugees who are fleeing the humanitarian crisis taking place in the middle eastern country.

The senators asked the Foreign Relations Secretariat to call on the United Nations Organization to convene an urgent and special session so that all member countries contribute to solutions to the migration crisis that Europe is suffering.

The Board of Directors of the Senate Secretary Martha Palafox Gutiérrez, Labor Party senator, read the petition that the senate sent to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government so that the Mexican borders would be opened to give asylum to the Syrian refugees.

National Action Party (PAN) Senator Ernesto Cordero Arroyo said that Mexico must be sensible to the crisis of displaced persons, which is why the senate asked for the solidarity of authorities and the general population in accepting the refugees.

“The Syrian civil war is causing more displacement than any other conflict in the world. Every day 6,000 more Syrians escape their country because of the war, without the faintest idea of where to go or who will take them in,” said Cordero.

ZA'ATARI, JORDAN - FEBRUARY 01:  Children pose for a picture as Syrian refugees go about their daily business in the Za'atari refugee camp on February 1, 2013 in Za'atari, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the Za'atari camp. The Jordanian government are appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer numbers arriving in the country.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 160600686

ZA’ATARI, JORDAN – FEBRUARY 01: Children pose for a picture as Syrian refugees go about their daily business in the Za’atari refugee camp in Za’atari, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the Za’atari camp. The Jordanian government are appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer numbers arriving in the country. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“We must remember that Mexico has sustained an important tradition of asylum, of giving protection to people that have fled prosecution, violence and situations that threaten their lives. We would look bad and be bad if we don’t continue this tradition. Mexico can’t fail on this occasion,” he continued.

The assembly also asked the federal government to exercise its leadership in the international community and contribute to the creation and design of actions that will drive Syria toward peace.

 

Source: thenews.mx

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  1. andrew James says:

    I would like to know how I can host a Syrian refugee family. I have one spare room in my house.
    Regards,
    Dr. Andy James

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