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Friday, January 27, 2006

Your right to know (how to safely get out of Mexico)

--------------------UPDATE 7:35pm:--------------------
No Mexican maps for illegal migrants
A Mexican government commission says it will suspend plans to distribute border maps to migrants planning to cross the border illegally. Miguel Angel Paredes, the spokesman for the federal Human Rights Commission, said the decision wasn't because of US complaints, but because human rights officials in border states expressed concern that the maps would show anti-immigrant groups where migrants were likely to gather.

I had to laugh at this report:

"A Mexican government commission says it will distribute 70,000 maps showing roads, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the toll among those crossing the border illegally.

The National Human Rights Commission, a government-funded agency with independent powers, denied the maps - similar to a comic-style guide booklet Mexico distributed last year - would encourage illegal immigration.

Officials said the maps would help to guide those in trouble to rescue beacons and areas with mobile phone reception."

Yes, yes it's for their own safety etc. but really, it makes you think: Indonesian nautical charts for the Tampa-types? Ahmed Zaoui's SE Asian tourism guide and make-your-own travel documents series?


At 29/1/06 1:28 pm, Blogger Rob Good said...

Not a very productive use of govt funds. I think that the Mexican Govt has now backed down on this idea.


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