By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) Mexico’s tougher policies aimed at stopping Central American migrants from illegally crossing its territory en route to the United States have resulted in substantially fewer attempts and apprehensions, according to officials.

Mexican authorities say they apprehended 18,758 migrants in July, citing preliminary data from the country’s immigration agency, The Wall Street Journal reported. And though this figure is more than double the number from the same month last year, it is a significant decline from the 31,573 apprehended in June, a one-month record.

Mexico City noted that its tougher policies have resulted in a 40-percent reduction in migrants headed to the U.S.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary, said late last month the amount of mostly Central American migrants traveling through the country fell from 144,278 in May to 87,648 in June.

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He specifically credited his government’s dramatic crackdown on illegal immigration, spurred on by pressure from the Trump administration, which threatened to begin placing escalating tariffs on Mexican imports if the government didn’t do more to interdict migrants.

Both countries reached an agreement in June, which put the initial 5-percent tariffs on hold, giving Mexico time to show progress in slowing the migrant caravans that had become routine over the past year.

In response, Mexico sent some 6,000 troops, part of its newly formed National Guard, to its border with Guatemala, a major chokepoint of migrant traffic.

In all, Mexico has deployed more than 20,000 National Guard members, who consist of federal police and military forces, along its northern and southern borders.

And, as Mexican security has improved, so too has President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s relationship with POTUS Trump, The Daily Caller reported.

A survey published in Mexico in July found that most citizens reject illegal immigration and believe the Mexican government should deport people who cross illegally.

Lane noted further: “It would appear that anti-migrant sentiment in Mexico is, if anything, stronger than it is in the U.S.”

Also, a solid majority (57 percent) opposing the Mexican government allowing illegal immigrants into the country and sheltering them.

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