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Mexico’s migration chief provides resignation to president | Mexico Information – EAST AUTO NEWS

Mexico’s migration chief provides resignation to president | Mexico Information

Mexico’s immigration chief introduced his resignation to the president on Friday because the nation embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration by way of its territory in response to US stress.

The Nationwide Immigration Institute stated in a short assertion that Tonatiuh Guillen thanked President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the chance to serve the nation, however it didn’t give a cause for why he’s stepping down. 

The announcement comes as Mexico beefs up its safety on the southern border as a part of a current settlement with america to stem the movement of migrants and asylum seekers north after stress from US President Donald Trump, who had threatened escalating tariffs on Mexican items if extra steps weren’t taken.

Lopez Obrador stated on Friday that officers will tighten safety at 68 border crossings the place controls are lax.

He made the feedback throughout a morning presser, though there was no seen improve within the variety of troopers and personnel within the border metropolis of Tapachula close to Guatemala.

Al Jazeera lately visited a city on Mexico-Guatemala border the place folks smugglers transport migrants and asylum seekers for hundreds of {dollars}. 

Nationwide Guard

Mexico has promised to deploy 6,000 members of its new, still-forming Nationwide Guard to manage immigration in its southern border area with Guatemala.

Mexican Overseas Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard stated on Friday the Guard deployment shall be readied by Tuesday, together with 825 immigration brokers and 200 officers from the nation’s welfare division.

However there was no signal to this point of any Nationwide Guard presence within the southern metropolis of Tapachula, close to Guatemala. Nor has there been any notable change on the Suchiate border river, the place locals and migrants alike generally cross.

After providing contradictory statements, Mexican officers informed Al Jazeera late on Thursday that Nationwide Guard does have a presence within the southern border area, however they might not elaborate on the place they’re situated.

Many migrants and asylum seekers in Tapachula have informed Al Jazeera that the elevated safety is not going to deter others from trekking north. 

Most are coming from Central American nations the place they’re fleeing excessive poverty, unemployment, violence, political persecution.

Police and immigration had already stepped up enforcement in southern Mexico in current months, establishing freeway checkpoints, raiding a current caravan of largely Central American migrants and attempting to maintain folks off the northbound practice referred to as “the beast”. 

US ‘sending extra asylum seekers’ again to Mexico

Mexican and US officers had been additionally assembly on Friday to debate the controversial programme that permits the US to ship some asylum seekers again to Mexico to attend out their US immigration hearings.

Ebrard stated officers would talk about which cities the programme, referred to as Stay in Mexico, would broaden to, in addition to learn how to measure the variety of folks and which nationalities Mexico would settle for. He added that Mexico had not agreed to simply accept a vast variety of asylum seekers.

“At this time, there’s a assembly with US authorities, to be taught, to debate the ports of entry and the way the quantity shall be measured, as a result of Mexico has not accepted that it’s undetermined,” he stated in a information convention Friday morning.

Presently, the programme operates in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez. Near 12,000 folks have been returned to Mexico since January. 

Later within the day, a Mexican official informed Reuters information company that the US had elevated the return of asylum seekers to Mexico by way of the El Paso, Texas port of entry to round 200 a day.

The rise from round 100 migrants a day was the primary signal of growth of a Trump administration coverage referred to as the Migrant Safety Protocols, stated Luis Carlos Cano, a spokesman for Mexico’s nationwide immigration company in Ciudad Juarez, throughout the border from El Paso.

Mexico has additionally agreed to think about a plan that would make it a “protected third nation” by which asylum seekers must search refuge as a substitute of within the US, if Mexico doesn’t convey down immigration flows by mid-July by way of enforcement measures, officers have stated.

Immigration rights teams have slammed to doable “protected third nation” settlement, saying that it could endanger asylum seekers by requiring them to make their claims in a rustic experiencing excessive ranges of violence.

Ebrard additionally referred to as on the United Nations and the worldwide neighborhood to assist Mexico with immigration management and the struggle towards human trafficking.

Mexico’s migration chief provides resignation to president | Mexico Information – EAST AUTO NEWS


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