Government Delivers 300,000 pesos to Migrant Hostels (La Voz de la Frontera, 11/29/12)

Tijuana, BC- The Government of the State of Zacatecas gave checks for 150 thousand pesos ($11,593 US) to "Migrant House" and "Institute Mother Assunta" shelters as part of a program attending to deported migrants, said Rigoberto Castañeda Espinosa, director of the State Institute of Migration (IEM). The resources will serve so to help them continue to provide services and care to nationals deported by the U.S. Government.

In addition, 110 birth certificates were awarded to an equal number of Zacatecan citizens residing in California for more than 10 years, through the coordination of the Government of Zacatecas. "With these facts, the Administration headed by Miguel Alonso Reyes confirms its commitment to ensure full rights to its citizens no matter where they reside," said Espinosa Castañeda.

For his part, José Luis Hernández Silerio, director of the Municipal DIF System, said that more than 40% of BC residents originate in another State, so the demand for identity documents is growing. “Therefore”, he continued, "we always will appreciate that the rest of the State Governments are stewards who serve its people, and that they are welcome in Tijuana".

Although there is no precise data, it is estimated around 120,000 Zacatecas live in Tijuana. In addition, from January to October the return of 2,665 countrymen has been reported, according to data from the National Institute of Migration (INM).

The event was attended by Rafael Hurtado Bueno, representative of the State Government in California; Omar Martínez, President of the Federation of Zacatecan Clubs in Southern California; Ricardo Carranza, founder of the Federation of Zacatecan Clubs in Illinois and the Midwest; and migrant leader Felipe Cabral.

Reform Eases Marriage between Mexicans and Migrants (La Voz de la Frontera, 11/29/12 by Adrián González)

Tapachula, CH - Immigration reform came into force on November 9 allowing the process of marriage of migrants with Mexican residents without permission of the national migration Institute (INM), making the procedures are much faster and without cost, revealed José Alberto Garay, registry officer to migrants.

"As a civil registry officer, yes it benefits us, because it benefits the families of Mexicans with foreigners, who can now marry anywhere because we are not going to ask for legal permission to stay in the country, starting on November 9 because their immigration status doesn't matter nor that we ask permission from migration", he said.

He explained that previously the migrant person wishing to marry a Mexican, would need a permit from the National Institute of Migration, which cost around 2,000 pesos ($155 US), a situation that seriously hurt some because all did not have this money, in addition to permissions by the federal Institute that somewhat hindered the process.

For this reason, he said the unique requirements requested for both to marry are duly authenticated birth certificates, depending on the country. After that, to perform the marriage with civil registration, come to INM to notify that they want a wedding between a Mexican and a foreigner.

"We have made progress in Chiapas. For example, in our State we already connected Chiapas children to foreign parents. Now the benefit is that they pay a single fee for a migration permit so they could stay in the country legally”, he added.

Finally, he added that on November 12, the first wedding with immigration reform occurred, in which the young woman was a foreign-born minor, a process which needed the father’s authorization, but without the need for legal permission to stay, much less the permission of INM.


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