‘I really thought I was going to die’; Mexico tortures its own citizens to pad expulsion statistics

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Imagine the controversy if, in an effort to pad their expulsion statistics and win some bonus money for their commanders, the United States Border Patrol started rounding up U.S. citizens who “look Mexican” in areas like Santa Fe or San Diego then tortured them until they “admitted” on paper that they were actually illegal Mexican nationals instead of Americans.

That’s exactly what the Mexican government is being accused of doing on its Southern border, and it’s all thanks to corrupt Mexican officials and Obama Administration political pressure and financial aid.

On Monday, the Guardian chronicled the story of the Juárez siblings, Alberto, Amy, and Esther, residents of southern Mexico; while traveling on a bus to work at a farm on the other end of Mexico, the three were intercepted and detained by immigration agents.

Accused of lying about their nationality and carrying false documents, they were threatened with deportation to Guatemala, a country the article says none of them would have even been able to locate on a map.

They were transferred to an immigration holding center where 18-year-old Alberto was taken to a separate room with four agents who told him he would die unless he signed documents affirming that he was Guatemalan. Alberto told the Guardian, “One pushed me, another was kicking my leg, and a third who was very fat gave me an electric shock here, on the back of my right hand … I really thought I was going to die, so I signed lots of sheets of paper – but I can’t read or write so I didn’t know what I was signing.”

Thanks to the intervention of an activist group, the three were finally released after eight days. But sadly this reflects a growing trend on Mexico’s southern border: Immigration agents seem to be running a “secret quota system” to reap the rewards offered by the United States, which has declared the rise in Central American child migrants a “humanitarian crisis” and has offered financial aid to help “solve” it.

According to activists, part of this quota system involves systematically using torture against Mexican detainees from remote areas who often don’t know Spanish and won’t complain just to boost their numbers.

When you contrast this insanity with the fact that Mexican leaders apparently don’t think the United States should have a border at all, the hypocrisy is all too evident!

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