Because of its lawlessness

The Mexican government announced Friday that it is preparing a plan to protect Central American emigrants who cross Mexico en route to the United States from the violence documented in a report released this week by the independent National Human Rights Commission. The head of the INM migration agency, Cecilia Romero, said that the government is working on a “response with solutions” to the report presented by the rights panel, which denounced the kidnappings and harassment to which emigrants are subjected.

The commission reported this week that more than 1,600 migrants are kidnapped monthly in Mexico and submitted to beatings, rape and extortion, crimes that are never punished.

Romero told a press conference that the government “absolutely shares” the rights commission’s concern about the matter, and for that reason is preparing “a concrete response, with conclusions and proposals.” [But rest assured: It will never get beyond talk]

Moved by the desire to begin a new life in the United States, every year more than 140,000 people cross into southern Mexico. On their journey, many fall into the hands of people-trafficking gangs that demand ransoms from their families of between $1,500 and $5,000.

Criminal organizations that kidnap emigrants move some $50 million annually, the Human Rights Commission says. Victims are usually kidnapped in groups along certain stretches of the railroad lines in southern Mexico, where migrants commonly hop on northbound freight trains.