I’m a reporter in Mexico. My life is in danger. But the United States wouldn’t give me asylum
Washington Post

This story tells us a lot about both countries’ contempt for basic human rights.

In Mexico, journalists are routinely murdered for publishing facts. That’s the sad truth. This has been going on for years. Journalists are murdered, and newspapers are forced to shut down, but there’s hardly any response from authorities and the general public. For some reason, people are generally reluctant to express sympathy towards journalists. Of course, this is wrong. A free press is essential for a working democracy, and there’s no excuse for such treatment of journalists.

On the other hand, there’s also no excuse for how immigration authorities in the US treat deportees and asylum seekers. Americans like to boast that they live in a developed, civilized democracy. But clearly, the ICE operates with complete disregard for basic human rights. And it’s even more concerning to see that ordinary American citizens don’t know, don’t care, or simply approve of this treatment.

As relations between the US and Mexico have come into the spotlight, citizens and governments of both countries need to acknowledge human rights issues on both sides of the border. Pointing fingers and placing blame is just another way of avoiding the problem. When we the people of Mexico and the US are willing to stand by in silence in the face of such injustice, we also become accomplices to the crime.

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