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WorldMexico steps up revisions amid US pressure over migrant flow

04:56  17 june  2019
04:56  17 june  2019 Source:

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Mexico 's president nominated the country's director of prisons to lead the country's National Immigration Institute after its director resigned Friday. if the country did not substantially reduce the number of migrants heading to the southern border of the U . S . But that threat was dropped upon

Mexico has been facing pressure from the United States over an influx of illegal Latin American migrants through the Mexican border. Last week, the two states agreed on a package of measures, envisaging the suspension of the tariffs in return for Mexico curbing the migrant flows .

Mexico steps up revisions amid US pressure over migrant flow© The Associated Press 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, June 15, 2019. Under pressure from the U.S. to slow the flow of migrants north, Mexico plans to deploy thousands of National Guard troops by Tuesday to its southern border region. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

COMITAN, Mexico — Mexican authorities stepped up revisions along well-traveled routes for migrants in southern Mexico over the weekend, checking identifications, pulling migrants off public transport and intercepting four trucks packed with nearly 800 migrants.

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Trump’s pressure has spurred Mexico to step up the number of undocumented immigrants it detains and deports in recent months, but Seade said the Mexican team was setting up other meetings for Monday and Tuesday, and had spoken ahead of the trip with the United States Trade Representative.

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The National Migration Institute said 1,000 immigration agents had been deployed in the north and south of Mexico. The deployment comes as Mexico faces heightened pressure from the U.S. to reduce the surge of mostly Central American migrants through its territory. Mexico plans to position 6,000 National Guard troops by Tuesday to its southern border with Guatemala.

The Associated Press saw nearly 10 armed soldiers at a checkpoint near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, in Chiapas state, wearing black armbands to indicate they are part of the National Guard. The soldiers stopped vehicles while immigration officials checked identification and removed passengers without documents. At another checkpoint just north of Comitán in Chiapas, more than a dozen apparent National Guardsmen drove around backroads in the rain and dark, looking for migrants and human smugglers.

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In recent weeks, the Mexican authorities have been breaking up migrant caravans and setting up The mass migration was underway when Mexico ’s president, Mr. López Obrador, took office on “But faced by the exponential growth in the flow and the pressure from the Trump administration to stop it

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In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the National Migration Institute said 791 people were taken Saturday to a migration facility and that drivers of the tractor-trailer trucks transporting them were arrested.

Migrants are routinely transported through Mexico in packed semis, sometimes in dangerous conditions without food or water or sufficient fresh air. Government video showed officials breaking the lock on the door of one cargo truck and helping migrants out.

The institute described the detentions and arrests in Veracruz as part of a strategy implemented by its new commissioner, Francisco Garduño. The former prisons director assumed the post Friday, taking over for a sociologist and academic.

Outside Comitán on Sunday, some roadblocks and checkpoints were manned by multiple soldiers and police identifying as National Guard.

At one, immigration agent José Ángel Ramírez welcomed the help of the National Guard.

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"We don't have a way to stop so many and the traffickers pass everywhere," said Ramírez, who was the only agent on duty at his checkpoint.

Nearby, a dozen National Guard agents stood watch over five Hondurans found traveling without papers.

One of the Hondurans, a farmer named Armando who was traveling with a daughter and nephew, broke into tears while saying he'd be killed if returned to his country.

After several hours, the Hondurans were transported to a Mexican detention center for migrants.

The Mexican National Guard is a new security force created by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office Dec. 1. The security force is still taking shape and was originally established with the goal of stemming endemic violence. Last year saw the highest number of murders in at least 20 years in Mexico.

Mexican soldiers have long been authorized to search vehicles for drugs or weapons, explained one of the newly minted National Guard officers, who declined to give his name. Now, he said, they can detain drivers or others suspected of helping the undocumented move through Mexico.

Comitán locals say that trucks often bypass area checkpoints at night. "We don't know what they have inside," said immigration agent Julio Velasco. Mexican officials have set up additional roadblocks in recent days to cover more territory.

Luis Guillermo Lechuga, who sells vests near one of the checkpoints, was skeptical that the increased security presence will reduce the flow of migrants through Comitán and surrounding areas.

"Everything will be the same," said Lechuga, who expressed a mixture of sympathy and annoyance with the travelers. "Nobody leaves their country without problems."

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President Trump teased the media this week when he dangled a one-page document he said contained a "secret" deal with Mexico in front of journalists. Now that document has been released in full. The document is written in the conditional tense and references “the Joint Declaration of the Governments of the United States and Mexico of June, 7, 2019.” It says the two countries agree to begin discussions to “establish definitive terms for a binding bilateral agreement to further address burden-sharing and the assignment of responsibility for processing refugee status claims of migrants.

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