Sonora, Mexico Governor Says No To Migrant Blockade

Jun 23, 2014

The governor of Sonora said his government has no plans to try to block the thousands of Central Americans who make their way through his country from trying to reach the United States. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

Migrants on a northbound train in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Credit Associated Press

Guillermo Padres was in Paradise Valley last week for the regular meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. There were the usual cross-border discussions. And there even was an agreement signed to jointly look at a desalinization project. But, the questions to Padres after the meeting were about the flood of immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who cross through Mexico.

“People from other countries, Central America, going through Sonora, is no crime. Right? They’re not breaking any laws,” he said.

Padres acknowledged it’s clear they are trying to make their way into the United States.

“So what we try to do is help them, give them any aid they need, and also information, try to persuade them not to take that step and come into the United States, to know that there are risks and they’re going to be breaking laws,” he said.

But, he said the decision whether to try to enter this country is ultimately made by those involved.