MEXICO CITY, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Mexicans living in the United States are
facing increasingly aggressive discrimination despite legal entry, Foreign
Ministry official Daniel Hernandez Joseph said Friday.
Hernandez said Mexicans, even those in the United States legally, were seen
as the cause of increasing migrant crimes, and they were treated with greater
hostility as the result of a general rejection of Mexicans, Hispanics and
foreigners in the United States.
Mexicans giving randomly made-up social security numbers in the country
were charged with identity theft, though what they did was clearly different
from deliberately defrauding a citizen by stealing their data, Hernandez cited
as an example.
Authorities acted most aggressively in the southern states where
immigration was rare until around 10 years ago, he added. "There are fewer
Mexicans there than in big cities, but their cases are more difficult."
Mississippi state authorities have separated a woman from her child and put
up this child for adoption, claiming that she was an unfit mother because of
poverty, illegal immigration and bad English.
"We are appealing the case and will continue to fight this injustice,"
Hernandez said. "We have not seen any other case like this."
The nearest Mexican consulate, in New Orleans, a port city of Louisiana,
has issued the woman papers that allowed her to remain in the country while she
fought to regain custody of her child, and the government was working with a
regional NGO, the Southern Poverty Law Center, on the case, he said.
Consular officials are now being trained to seek out and rescue victims of
human trafficking, including immigrants working under harsh conditions and
forced sex workers.
The total number of Mexicans seeking consular help did not increase, even
though their experiences abroad were harsher, Hernandez said.
In the 12-month period to late July, about 64,000 Mexicans had sought
consular assistance, compared with 118,000 for the whole 2008.