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.
“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.
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