Growing Presence of Central American Migrants in Vallarta

Alberto Garcia - Tribuna de la Bahia
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January 7, 2022

The most serious problem is in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, in areas near the pedestrian bridge of the Cuale River and towards the island reaching the El Caloso neighborhood where it is evident that there are many more homeless people than in other years.

There is great confusion regarding the presence of homeless people in our city because in addition to these homeless people there are those who come from other latitudes as is the case of South America since we have noticed the arrival of entire families of South Americans who also wander around the city.

Although they are not very approachable to talk to, we can observe that the way they speak and the way they express themselves is different, so we realize that they are Central or South Americans who are apparently on their way to the United States.

In order to be able to eat, these people go through the street collecting recyclables that they can take to sell. Some have settled in camps along the Cuale River but in the early morning they collect everything and then continue their activities during the day to return at night.

In the area of Children's Island, which is known as the northern part of the Cuale Island, they reported that one of the abandoned premises had been invaded and used as a home.

Apparently the patch placed on the window would have been enough to keep them out, but now they found the entrance through the back where it is already being used as a dwelling.

In this sense, the future for Puerto Vallarta does not look flattering where these homeless people every day take over other places without the authorities having in their hands the possibility of giving them a solution. There is no area where they can be assisted or where they can stay at night where they can spend the night and not stay on the street.

It is impossible to prevent them from wandering the streets because that violates their human rights, they have all the freedom according to our Constitution to walk freely through our streets without anyone preventing them.

If the growth goes as it continues with these families arriving from other latitudes to our destination the authorities will have to implement plans especially to support those people who bring minors as we have observed the images with those who wander the streets, children who do not go to school, are not well fed.

A problem that should be of interest to the system for the integral development of the family DIF.

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This article was translated from Spanish using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

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