Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Mexico Vows Crackdown on Human Smugglers, Aims to Finish Border Guard Reinforcement

Soldiers forming part of Mexico's National Guard board a truck to patrol back roads used to circumvent a migration checkpoint in Comitan Chiapas state Mexico Saturday Mexico Detains Nearly 800 Migrants, Including 368 Children Under Eight
Patty Aguilar | 20 June, 2019, 19:57

Mexico is planning to deploy thousands of troops to its southern border amid heightened pressure from the Trump administration to crack down on the Central American migrant crisis.

U.S. Lawmakers who oppose the plan said it was cruel to cut aid to countries grappling with hunger and crime, and that the move would more likely increase the number of migrants seeking safety in the north than decrease it.

A supplementary agreement made between Mexico and the USA states that, if the Trump administration is not satisfied with the progress within 45 days, Mexico will take on further measures to reduce illegal immigration, including the possibility of becoming a "safe third country" for asylum seekers.

As part of those efforts, Mexico has pledged to deploy 6,000 National Guard members along its border with Guatemala. The foreign nationals were found among four different tractor-trailer trucks stopped in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

USA officials say they expect a 15% to 20% overall drop in the number of arrests at the border this month. "Phase two is very tough, but I think they're going to do a good job", the president asserted.

The time frame of the decline corresponds with the period that President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico and the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to a crackdown to avoid the penalty, the Post noted.

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During the negotiations to avert tariffs, White House officials told Mexico that Trump wanted to see border crossings back at the historic lows tallied during 2017.

Mexico's government on Monday also highlighted the weekend "rescue" of almost 800 migrants packed into semi-trailers, calling the operation a message that authorities are getting serious about combatting human smuggling.

The United States, via the MPP program, has been sending about 250 asylum seekers back to Mexico per day, but USA officials plan to increase that to at least 1,000 per day in coming weeks.

A senior Mexican official told reporters Monday that the Mexican government's efforts had cut daily arrests at the USA border from 4,500 to 2,600, but US officials said those figures were not an accurate reflection of daily averages since the two countries reached their accord.

US officials project there will be fewer illegal border crossings in June, perhaps an early indicator that President Donald Trump's deal with Mexico is paying off.

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