Central American migrants are becoming concerned over the increased security along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. The escalation in patrols and tightened immigration enforcement is expected to make their journey to the U.S. border more difficult, some say.
“What they’re doing is having an effect because they’re detaining a lot of people, but it’s not going to stop,” Tomas Leyva, a Salvadoran migrant told the Associated Press. “[In El Salvador] they say better killed by the gringos than by the gangsters.”
The AP highlighted the concern among migrants following the recent increase in military and federal officials along Mexico’s southern border. The interviewed migrant was preparing to leave on a raft to Guatemala with the intent to return later, once enforcement slowed down. The push to secure the border comes days after President Donald Trump threatened to impose a series of tariffs.
As Breitbart News reported, Mexico City sent a delegation to Washington, where the two countries agreed on a series of enforcement measures aimed at reducing the record-setting number of Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border.
Over the weekend, the new head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute announced the detention of hundreds of Central American migrants who were traveling in four tractor-trailers through Veracruz. Initially, authorities claimed the buses contained approximately 500 migrants. The figure has since changed to 785 with more than 150 of those being children.
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