Gael Garcia Bernal, a actor from Mexico who has performed in several Hollywood productions, denounced xenophobia and discrimination directed at the thousands of migrants who have entered Mexico illegally and are heading to the United States. Appearing at the International Film Festival in Morelia, near Mexico City, Garcia Bernal said, “There shouldn’t be any xenophobia, nor racism or classism.” In a news conference about his latest film “Museo,” Garcia Bernal said that the migrants should be given visas authorizing them to work in Mexico or to continue their trek to the U.S.

Garcia Bernal said that giving visas to the migrants would mean that they would not be criminals and offer some protections against the dangers they face while in Mexico. “For many years, there has been a demand for a work visa or a transit visa so that they can pass through Mexico or stay here if they can make a life here,” Garcia Bernal told media at the festival.

“I think that it’s only normal. We all have a right to wellbeing. We all have a right to find something better,” Garcia Bernal added. He said that the problem lies not only in the manner in which the migrants entered Mexico but also what they face once they enter the country and make their way north to the U.S. He said that he once illegally crossed the border between Mexico and Guatemala by the same route that the thousands of migrants are crossing now. 

Garcia Bernal is starring in “Museo”, which is a fictionalized version of the story of the 1985 break-in and robbery of archaeological treasures from Mexico’s famed National Museum of Anthropology. The film was directed by Alfonso Ruizpalacios and won an award at the Berlin film festival for best script and a nomination for best director. Garcia Bernal is an actor and director who founded Canana Films in Mexico City. He is best known for his performances in the films Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores perros, Y Tu Mamá También, Babel and Coco, and for his role as Rodrigo de Souza in the Amazon Studios' web television series Mozart in the Jungle. In The Motorcycle Diaries, he played the role of Argentine terrorist Ernesto "Che" Guevara.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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