Sunday, June 26, 2022

Increasing Numbers of Nicaraguan Migrants to the United States

Bernd Debusmann Jr. for the BBC tells about the increasing number of migrants fleeing Nicaragua:

"The stories shared by Nicaraguans at [a] shelter [at the U.S./Mexico border] have two common themes: a struggling economy and fear of the government of Daniel Ortega, the leader of Nicaragua's 1979 Sandinista revolution who earlier this year was sworn into a fourth consecutive term as President.

Affectionately known as Comandante Daniel to his supporters, Mr Ortega has long been accused of abandoning the revolution's ideals by turning into a dictator, harshly suppressing any opposition.

These crackdowns have become more pronounced since Mr Ortega was returned to office in November, in an election that saw opposition candidates arrested or exiled alongside prominent regime critics, journalists, business leaders, human rights advocates and students."

For the last year or so, there have been reports (and here), including the United Nations, of Nicaraguans leaving the country because of deteriorating political and economic conditions.  Removals of Nicaraguans from the United States as well.  Many Nicaraguans have been returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols.




Since then, the clampdowns have continued and escalated, with the UN's human rights chief warning that new criminal legislations are being used to persecute perceived opponents of the Ortega government.

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