Mexico Is Drastically Changing Its Ways To Stop Illegal Immigration
Mexico is using a variety of resources as it steps up its immigration enforcement after a deal brokered with the United States to avoid tariffs— including a giant X-ray.
Mexican officials say they caught more than 200 migrants hidden in trucks the last two days, using X-rays to see the people hidden inside. The Mexican security ministry also said it found 228 migrants in a routine search of a soft drink transportation truck in one of its southern states on Monday.
Mexico INM’s new leader, former prisons chief Francisco Garduno, has changed the way the Mexican government operates at their border. Now has overseen several high-profile busts of commercial vehicles involved with smuggling migrants into Mexico on their way to the US border, including 800 people in four trucks the first weekend he took over.
The majority of these migrants are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, many of them are minors. They attempt to travel through Mexico to the U.S. Southern border, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported nearly 133,000 arrests in May, we are in a full-blown emergency,” a CPB official said on June 5.
The Mexican authorities primarily capture migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, many of which are minors. They attempt to travel through Mexico to the United States southern border, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported nearly 133,000 arrests in May.
“We are in a full-blown emergency,” a CBP official said June 5.
For its part, Mexico is putting its resources into stopping the flow from Central America. Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said the attorney general’s office has about 11 open investigations into migrant smugglers.
“It is our strategic objective to end the impunity for human traffickers,” Ebrard said at a news conference on Monday.
President Trump last month threatened Mexico with tariffs if it didn’t take steps to stem the tide of people inundating our border and overwhelming CPB personnel in charge of controlling the border. He threatened a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods to start on June 10 that would increase to in October to 25% unless Mexico took strong action.
Last month, Trump announced the two countries had come to an agreement to avert tariffs, with Mexico promising to deploy its National Guard, increase actions against human trafficking and coordinate with the U.S. government to, “better protect and secure our common border,” according to a State Department statement.