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Tension on Mexico-Guatemala border due to migration

Tension on Mexico-Guatemala border due to migration

Mexico, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The tension is once again taking over the Mexico-Guatemala border, reinforced militarily by both governments facing pressure from migrants trying to reach the United States, the National Institute of Immigration (INM) stated on Monday.
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INM officials confirmed that both countries agreed to use thousands of soldiers, immigration agents and police officers to contain the flow at the southern border and fight human trafficking. There are rumors of new caravans from Honduras, although they are entering Mexico in smaller groups.

People continue to go through the different border crossings in El Ceibo, Corozal, Salto de Agua, Las Margaritas, the Suchiate River, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Benemerito de las Americas, as well as some other formal and informal borders, the Institute states.

Military contingents equipped and trained for humanitarian rescue on the southern border have been arriving in Tapachula and its surroundings since early January where migrants enter.

Until this weekend, the INM had identified more than 34,993 travelers in irregular migratory status throughout Mexico, 7,643 more compared to the same period in 2020, and a large part of them entered through Chiapas and Tabasco border.

Meanwhile, the US Customs and Border Protection detained 100,441 illegal immigrants in February 2021 at the border with Mexico, compared to 78,442 detained in January. Figures for March have not been given.


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