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New Mexican President creating a special border patrol force, just like the US

July 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Mexican President creating a special border patrol force, just like the US

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New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador creating a special border patrol force

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the newly-elected president of Mexico, intends to devise a new security force to patrol Mexico’s southern and northern borders.

The action aims to prevent Central and South American migrants from coming into Mexico and, if they successfully crossed the country, from entering the United States.

Mexico supervises both legal and illegal immigration through its National Migration Institute.

Though in recent years it has increased the patrolling of its southern border, using both police and army elements, the country doesn’t have a specialized unit like the U.S.’s Border Patrol.

The new system would add to Mexico’s enduring efforts to control immigration from Central America, according to Bloomberg.

Alfonso Durazo, the upcoming secretary of public security, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the Obrador administration also intends to promote development in Central America, to solve the structural issues like poverty and violence that compel people to flee the region.

The approximate number of Mexicans entering the United States through its southern border has decreased considerably from its highest in the 2000s. Meanwhile, the estimated amount of Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran migrants nearly doubled from 60,000 in 2011 to 115,000 in 2014.

Immigrants from Central and South American countries accounted for most of the “Other than Mexican” category of undocumented immigrants apprehended in the U.S.

Similarly, the number of Central Americans residing in the U.S. has risen 25% between 2007 and 2015, while the number of Mexicans in the country decreased by 6%, the Pew Research Center reported, based on census data.

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