The Mexican government has dispatched roughly 15,000 troops, and National Guard officers to the U.S. border in a bid to test the flow of migration from Central America, the nation’s defense chief instructed reporters Monday.
Mexico promised earlier this month to ship 6,500 National Guard agents to its southern border; however, Monday’s announcement was the first public acknowledgment of deployments to the U.S. border.
At a news convention within the Caribbean city of Cancun, Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval stated Mexican forces have been detaining migrants to stop them from crossing the U.S. border. Mexican safety forces beforehand have detained migrants touring inside Mexico however had not arrested them from crossing into America.
Mexican officers additionally mentioned Monday that the border city of Nuevo Laredo was anticipated to start receiving migrants returned from America as early as this week. Under the terms of an agreement between Washington and Mexico City to develop the so-called “stay in Mexico” program, asylum seekers are to wait on the Mexican side of the border while their claims make their approach through U.S. courts.
Nuevo Laredo may obtain as much as 150-200 asylum seekers each day starting Friday, although native officers mentioned Mexico’s government has not yet confirmed how many the city will likely be receiving.
Previous rollouts of this system at two factors along the California-Mexico border and Ciudad Juarez-El Paso on the Texas border started in small numbers and step by step elevated.
Rivas and Deputy Mayor Raúl Cárdenas Thomae stated Nuevo Laredo’s shelters already have been overflowing with some 3,000 migrants. The city was studying the potential of opening one more shelter to accommodate the returnees, they stated.