(NationalSentinel) The Mexican government says that it has managed to cut illegal alien traffic to the United States by nearly 40 percent in an ongoing effort by the government of President AndrÃ©s Manuel LÃ³pez Obrador to reduce migrant flows and stave off the imposition of tariffs by the Trump administration.
According to Marcelo Ebrard, Mexicoâ€™s foreign relations secretary, flow from mostly Central American migrants has been reduced by 39 percent since late spring, dropping from 144,278 in May to 87,648 in June.
The Daily Signal noted:
Faced with the threat of a 5% tax on all of its exports to the U.S., Mexico CityÂ agreed to sendÂ thousands more of its newly formed National Guard troops to its own southern border with Guatemala, a hotbed for illegal migrant crossings. It also agreed to more adamantly fight human smuggling and human trafficking operations.
â€œThis is the first time weâ€™ve heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migrationâ€”not just at their southern border, but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols in key areas along our southwest border,â€ acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in June about the bilateral agreement.
As we reported in June:
Thwarted by inaction from congressional Democrats to help him solve the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and blocked successively by Left-wing judges Barack Obama put on the federal bench, POTUS Donald Trump bypassed all of them and went directly to one of the biggest sources of the problem: Mexico.
Under threat of tariffs, POTUS and U.S. diplomats appealed to Mexico City to begin enforcing its own immigration laws and to do more to interdict rather than enable endless streams of humanity from Central American heading for the American state.
Itâ€™s early â€” the agreement only went into effect this month â€” but by many indications, the presidentâ€™s plan is working.
Come to find out, we also noted, stopping illegals from passing through Mexico just happens to be popular with the country’s own citizens:
A new survey published by a major Mexican newspaper showsÂ significant public oppositionÂ to the migrants passing through Mexico in an effort to enter the United States.
Lane notes further: â€œIt would appear that anti-migrant sentiment in Mexico is, if anything, stronger than it is in the U.S.â€
The Financial TimesÂ broke downÂ the Mexican newspaper report and survey:
Some analysts blame Mexicoâ€™s own policies for the rise in migration. After taking office in December, Mr. LÃ³pez Obrador offered migrants humanitarian visas. Many used them to travel unimpeded towards the US border.
â€œThey generated this problem with humanitarian visas â€” the figures tell you that this is a problem created by this administration,â€ said Jorge BuendÃa of polling group Laredo & BuendÃa. Even amid criticism that Mexico has conceded too much to the US, public opinion in Mexico is hardening against the migrants.
The U.S. Border Patrol also reports that encounters with illegal aliens has fallen off substantially in recent weeks since the agreement was signed.
USBP either apprehended or turned away a total ofÂ 104,344 illegal aliens in June, a 28 percent drop from theÂ 144,278 encounters that took place in Mayâ€”marking the first decrease in monthly apprehensions since January.
In addition, Mexico agreed to hold more U.S. asylum-seekers as they wait for their claims to be processed in an immigration court, a policy known as â€œRemain in Mexico.â€
- By Jon Dougherty, The National Sentinel
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