MEXICO CITY – A Mexican author slammed politicians in his homeland who express concern for migrants living in the United States, saying they had never taken those people’s rights into consideration before they left the country.
“We Mexicans are very good at demanding rights for Mexican migrants when they’re already in the US. We’re not good in terms of having considered that those people deserved rights before leaving Mexico,” Emiliano Monge told EFE in an interview coinciding with the release of his latest novel, “La superficie mas honda.”
Since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has pledged to deport millions of undocumented migrants, the Mexican government has announced it will allocate more funds to its consulates in the neighboring country and bolter protections for its citizens living there.
“When we had them close by, they didn’t matter. It’s only now that they’re far away, now that they’re the other, that we can defend them,” Monge said.
The 39-year-old author said Mexican politicians also take no account of Central American migrants who flee poverty and violence in their homelands and embark on perilous journeys through Mexico in their bid to reach the US.
Monge described Mexican society as far-sighted.
“We’re able to see reality 7,000 kilometers away through the TV screen but not the people we have here with us and grant them their rights,” he said.