Tijuana's first female mayor, Karla Ruiz Macfarland is known for taking the initiative on issues that had been left behind by the previous administration: one of these is immigrants in Tijuana. In the few months that Ruiz Macfarland has served as mayor, she has taken these actions that bring the city closer to alleviating the migratory crisis.
The XXIII City Hall, headed by Mayor Karla Ruiz, collaborated with the Direction of Attention to Immigrants of the Secretariat of Welfare and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, to carry out an awareness workshop aimed at government officials and others interested in providing the necessary attention to this problem.
In the same way, she recognized the Municipal Director of Attention to Migrants, José Luis Pérez Canchola, by awarding him the title " Character of the Year 2021" granted by Grupo XXI Tijuana A.C. During the award ceremony, which took place on Monday, September 20, the Mayor expressed:
"His vocation of service, commitment, knowledge, as well as his leadership on the issue of human rights and protection of immigrants, were the reasons why we ratified his appointment as Municipal Director of Attention to Migrants, because he is a man who is always ensuring that human rights are respected".
In addition to this, the mayor has supported members of the National Guard in dealing with crises related to migration issues and has always asked for dignified treatment. In this regard, she commented that Tijuana works in accordance with human rights, affirming that the way of coexisting with those in a migratory situation in this city is different from that of the southern border.
Likewise, the authorities organized a vaccination campaign for the immigrant sector that has resulted, so far, with more than 4 thousand immigrants in Baja California completely vaccinated against the coronavirus.
But Central American immigrants are not the only ones to receive attention from the government of Karla Ruiz, the coordinator of Attention to Indigenous Peoples, Lourdes Ramírez Martínez, announced through the Network of Indigenous Women of Central America that virtual discussions have begun to develop a protection protocol for indigenous people in a migratory context, which will be the first of its kind in the country.
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