Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexico officials prepare to intercept about 1000 US-bound migrants

Mexico officials prepare to intercept about 1000 US-bound migrants

The special unit of 200 military police, immigration agents and federal officers formed a blockade about 11 miles outside of Tapachula near the town of Metapa and confronted the caravan, which was accompanied by state and local police.

Mexico's response is a direct effect of the country's decision to get more tough on immigrants that flow into the country from Central America at an alarming rate, and it is clear that this is now going to be the country's stand when it comes to illegal immigration from the region.

The migrants say they aim to reach the us border, where many plan to request asylum.

The federal government has tightened security at Mexico's southern border after pressure from United States President Donald Trump to do more to stop migration flows into the US, but authorities failed to stop a new migrant caravan entering the country on Wednesday.

Most of the illegal migrants who cross into Mexico from Central America every year are more often than not fleeing from persecution and violence.

He said forces would be stationed on Mexico's southern border with Guatemala to prevent migrants entering the country.

On Wednesday afternoon in Mexico City, police detained Irineo Mujica, director of the U.S. -Mexico migrant aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and Cristobal Sanchez, a migrant rights activist, according to Alex Mensing, a coordinator with the group.

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Border Patrol agents have apprehended over 500 individuals from the continent of Africa in the Del Rio Sector since May 30, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

US Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Thursday that she would like to see increased support from Mexico on securing the Mexico-Guatemala border, as talks between the US and Mexico resume at the White House and State Department.

The number of migrants crossing Mexico toward the United States has surged in recent months.

Central American countries are working on a regional plan to slow the exodus of people fleeing poverty and brutal gang violence that have made El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras among the most risky countries in the world.

Mexico City froze the bank accounts of 26 suspected human traffickers allegedly responsible for organizing USA -bound migrant caravans.

This spring, tens of thousands of children have come to the US-Mexico border alone seeking asylum.

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