Quantcast elsemanario.net
Thursday, May 28, 2015, videos Videos Photos Photos rss RSS
Home Advertise Contact Us Opinions Contests Subscription Weather Events Member of HDN Español
Recomended Links:    Advertise with Us  |  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES NOW  |  Consumer Tips  |    
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State
Username:
Password.
Forgot your password?
Register
Classifieds
More
 
Font Size Menos Texto
Posted on 12-02-2010
Rate this article
Bookmark and Share
Buried on the other side

By Claudia Núñez

Sending bodies to the United States has become commonplace for Mexican funeral homes in Ciudad Juárez. At least twice a week, Jose Meléndez’s hearses cross the border. But the practice of sending the bodies of American tourists or seniors north has given way to a new phenomenon: the shipment of the remains of Mexicans to the United States.
Faced with violence plaguing the neighboring country, Mexican families in the United States are often afraid to return to their homeland, even to bury their loved ones.
In other cases, shipping bodies is simply a product of immigration.
"When the whole family lives in the United States, why bury the grandparent or the parents in Mexico if there is no one to visit the cemetery?" says Meléndez, funeral director of the Perches funeral home in Ciudad Juárez.
Located in the city with the highest murder rate in Mexico, Meléndez’s business has noticed another trend. In addition to requests to ship the bodies north, U.S. relatives of murder victims are asking the funeral home not to publicize where they are sending the remains.
“When they are cases of gunshots, the first thing they ask us is not to reveal the destination or the cemetery where they will be buried,” he said.
Mexicans whose remains are now resting in American cemeteries include the body of a young man who recently died at the hands of an armed squad at a birthday party with 15 other students in Ciudad Juárez, and the remains of a businessman who was shot outside his business in Chihuahua.

Meléndez, who operates one of the 14 funeral homes in Ciudad Juárez, says shipping bodies across the border is a growing business.
In the last three years, at least 124,000 residents of Ciudad Juárez have migrated to the United States, most of them to El Paso, Texas, according to the organization Observatory for Safety and Peaceful Co-existence.
More than 7,000 people have been killed in this city since 2008.
But when you’re dead, your legal status doesn’t matter, notes the funeral home director.
“They could be Mexican or Chinese. It doesn’t matter; they’ll cross the border in three days,” he says.
The shipping process takes three to 10 days and varies according to the client’s instructions, costing anywhere from $3,300 for the most economic service to nearly $5,000.
American consulates now offer an emergency hotline for the repatriation of ...
1 | 2 | Next ->

  
 
Your Opinion
Top Stories
Florence Crittenton Services exceeds fundraising goal
camara More than 200 people braved heavy rain last Saturday morning to support Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado during its 11th Annual Miles for Moms Run/Walk fundraiser to support programming for teen moms and their families. They represented the spirit of more than 450 people who registered ...
Lack of athletic opportunities for girls of color
camara More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX mandated equal gender access to scholastic sports, girls of color still face a striking disparity in their available athletic opportunities across the country, a new study of high school sports in 13 states found. For all its successes, Title IX ...
Social Security: Better to wait for benefits
camara Latinos in the United States are living longer than ever. In fact, Hispanic Americans have higher life expectancies than their Black and White counterparts. With the good fortune of living longer comes the indispensable need to prepare for a longer retirement. Social Security provides critical ...
CHIP important lifeline for children
camara President Obama recently signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), among other things. Since its creation in 1997, CHIP has played a critical role in ...
"Our Community Our Partners"
   PDF Version
 
Channels
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State

Advertise
HDN Internet
This Publication - Internet
This Publication - Print Version

Contact Us
HDN
El Semanario
Staff

Opinions
Columnists
Editorials
Reader's Letters
e-mail the Editor

Subscription

Weather

Events

Member of HDN

Español

About Us

Subscription

Contact Us

News Archive

Copyright

Copyright 2015, El Semanario. This site is powered by Hispanic Digital Network(TM)
  Logo