Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of the Interior says that the first 111 work permits have been granted to migrant Central Americans.
The work permits were given to the migrants under the Estás en Tu Casa plan as announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The plan is in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, the National Institute of Migration (INM) and the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees (COMAR), who delivered the first temporary CURPs to 111 migrants.
The documents will allow them to legally remain in the country with the possibility of having a paid job while they undergo their procedure to obtain refuge before the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees.
The government plan offers support to migrants who have recently illegally entered Mexico by the Suchiate River Border Bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas during the migrant march.
Members from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Mexico City say the beneficiaries of the plan were transferred by INM authorities to two new shelters where they will stay while their refugee application process continues.
The group of those granted legal documents consists of entire families, as well as the elderly, pregnant women, girls, boys, adolescents and disabled people.
The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to respect the human rights of all foreigners who enter the national territory regardless of their immigration status.