REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – After recognizing that the migratory phenomenon requires the participation of society, civil organizations and the three levels of government, the mayor of Reynosa demanded the federal executive assume its responsibility for programs helping migrants who arrive from Central America.

The mayor, Maki Ortiz Domínguez said the municipality of Reynosa supports migrants repatriated by the city with a federal transport ticket to return to their places of origin. She said Reynosa also supports other programs that allow migrants to have a decent stay and which respect to their human rights.

In an interview, Ortiz recalled that last weekend a group of 40 Honduran migrants arrived in Reynosa, some of them minors and women. Their goal was to enter the United States. Until that happened they were sheltered in a house for migrants called Senda de Vida.

“It is important to tell the federal government that they have to take responsibility, because although the municipality shelters and supports the migrants, it is difficult to allocate local resources to pay for their meals, clothing, legal assistance, medical and even psychological issues,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz mentioned that Honduran migrants who recently arrived in Reynosa had a temporary permit to stay in the country, so the National Institute of Migration (INM) has responsibility to verify their immigration status.

Ortiz said Reynosa is one of the border cities with the greatest dynamism on the issue of immigration, as it is one of the main gateways to the United States. For years it has been used as a route to reach Mexico’s neighbor to the north, so the presence of migrants is permanent in Reynosa.

She mentioned that the municipality does not receive any type of contribution from the federal government to support this population group. On the contrary, she said, the help given through migrant shelter houses come purely from local resources. Ortiz said the consistent arrival of migrants, both national and foreign, would trigger “critical or emergency moments.” She said migrants are being helped because they are human beings, that regardless of their origin, their individual rights are respected and guaranteed.

“We do not see it as a state of emergency because permanently this city receives migrants both deported and those who leave their place of origin in search of a better quality of life, which, yes, is a humanitarian problem. That’s why we urge the federal government to support the border states that receive these people,” she said.

Editor’s Note: The above news story was first filed by reporter Blanca Zumaya in Spanish. It was translated into English by reporter Blanca Gomez.