Mexico claims it has satisfied a request from President Trump and the United States to reduce the number of migrants which illegally travel through its borders.
In a final report released by the Mexican federal government, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said they have complied with the 90-day deadline imposed by the Trump administration.
From the Associated Press:
The figures appear to bear out Mexico’s position. The number of migrants detained at the U.S. border has fallen from 133,000 in May to 95,000 in June and 72,000 in July. Mexico has reinforced security on its porous southern border and set up checkpoints on highways leading north, deploying 21,600 police and troops across the nation.
Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador, who took office December 1, initially claimed that the migrant caravans were caused by human traffickers and that he “effectively ended them,” the Associated Press reports.
“All of these people who traffic with migrants’ needs for jobs, safety and welfare, they are committing a crime and they will be punished,” López Obrador said during a presser last week. “We are already doing this in Mexico, without violating human rights. We are ensuring there isn’t anarchy, disorder.”
Mexico is doing a far better job than the Democrats on the Border. Thank you Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
A lawyer in support of a migrant shelter in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico said the Mexican president and his administration was often curving the law to stop the migrants: “Mexico is just trying to comply with the U.S. (demands) and cut down on migration, but it is improvising and violating the law. We are seeing things we never saw before.”
….long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
Here’s more from the report:
Mexico has raided freight trains that migrants ride north, and pulled thousands of migrants off buses and out of the freight compartments of trucks. It was warned bus and taxi drivers they could lose their permits if they transport migrants. Activists say that has forced migrants to hike through unpopulated areas to avoid checkpoints, exposing them to greater risk from thieves, muggers and rapists who lie in wait.
Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, who runs a migrant shelter in the southern state of Oaxaca, said Mexico essentially had no choice.
“It was the least worse choice,” Solalinde said of the government’s decision. “We had to make this deal.”
Bipartisan Humanitarian Aid Bill for the Southern Border just passed. A great job done by all! Now we must work to get rid of the Loopholes and fix Asylum. Thank you also to Mexico for the work being done on helping with Illegal Immigration – a very big difference!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019