TEQUISQUIAPAN, Qro — Martín Martínez Ríos, founder of “Estancia del Migrante González y Martínez A.C”, an association that supports immigrants, declared: “We expect a dramatic increase in the number of Central American, Asian and African immigrants during the next three months due to the climatic conditions which allow them to travel more rapidly to the United States.
These illegal immigrants arrive aboard the freight train that passes by Tequisquiapan, San Juan del Río and Pedro Escobedo, in the state of Queretaro.
“During the next two months, the flow could reach 25,000 undocumented immigrants (mostly from Central America), taking into consideration that between 7,000 and 8,000 illegal immigrants pass through this migratory corridor in direction to the USA, escaping the social problems that prevail in their countries of origin”, stated Martínez Ríos.
The number of immigrants from Central America usually increases on the months of May, June and July due to weather conditions, that are more favorable to travel, since, during this time of the year, it does not rain and it is not very cold either, giving them the opportunity to move across Mexican territory more easily, and they are able to plan their journey towards “the American Dream”, or back to their homeland.
The staff at “Estancia del Migrante González y Martínez A.C” located at the former “Bernal” train station in Tequisquiapan, is preparing to provide food and shelter to the immigrants who pass through the area, as they need food and clothing while they travel thousands of miles stowaway on these trains.
Martin Martinez emphasized that factors that such as hunger, high rates of violence and social problems push the illegal Central Americans, Asians and Africans to leave their countries and illegally migrate to the U.S.
The activist and founder of this altruistic organization pointed out that the humanitarian work carried out by this group is intended to provide food and shelter to those who require it. “We have detected a big number of innocent children traveling with adults in inhumane conditions, and these children are in great danger as they travel through Mexico to reach the border”.
According to the washingtontimes.com news website, thousands of immigrants who have made the journey report being beaten, robbed and raped. Some women who make the journey begin to take birth control ahead of time specifically to prevent pregnancy from rapes they expect along the way.