By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) The Mexican government’s immigration services are reporting that the country has deported a record number of aliens from Central America this year following a June agreement with the United States to crack down on illegal border crossings.

According to the International Organization for Migration, using Mexican government figures, the number of Central American migrants who have been removed from the country during the first seven months of FY 2019 (October 1, 2018 – Aprile 30, 2019) is up more than 16 percent from the previous year.

The IOM says that the primary countries of origin for migrants returned home are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The IOM figures show that 130,985 people have been repatriated through April, compared to 196,061 deportations for all of FY 2018. FY 2017 removal numbers were notably lower at 141,828.

Mexican enforcement efforts have ranged from deportations of illegal aliens to their home countries to migrant interception operations, the Center for Immigration Studies reports.

The stepped-up enforcement includes the deployment by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of thousands of National Guard forces to assist civilian personnel along the country’s southern border with Guatemala.

AMLO’s initiatives have helped spur local airlines into assisting with the return of the migrants to their home countries.

Clearly, Mexico has enforced its immigration laws in the past but just as clearly, the country has increased its efforts since the Trump administration and AMLO’s government signed a Joint Declaration in June.

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The agreement came as President Trump threatened to levy 5 percent tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico, which AMLO correctly assessed would lead to a rise in the cost of goods in his country as well as unemployment.

But as it turns out, Mexican citizens are mostly in favor of stepped-up enforcement because they mostly oppose illegal immigration as well.

In another immigration-related development, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals actually handed the Trump administration a victory of sorts when it refused on Friday to extend a lower court’s order banning Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border.

The Associated Press noted:

The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows President Donald Trump to enforce the policy in New Mexico and Texas, rejecting asylum seekers who cross from Mexico into either state. Under Friday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s July 24 order stopping the policy would apply only in California and Arizona, which are covered by the 9th Circuit.

The two busiest areas for unauthorized border crossings are in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and the region around El Paso, Texas, which includes New Mexico. Nearly 50,000 people in July crossed the U.S. border without permission in those two regions, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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