Mexican bill to allow migrants file complaints

The Associated Press, 9/9/2010

Mexico’s Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow undocumented migrants to file complaints about abuses and receive medical treatment without being questioned about their immigration status.

Currently, Mexican law allows only people who are legally in the country to file such complaints with police and other agencies, and hospitals and other institutions are permitted to ask people for proof of legal migratory status.

The bill, adopted on a 79-0 vote in the Senate, already passed the lower house of Congress and now goes to President Felipe Calderon for final consideration.

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