MEXICO: An impending crisis with Washington despite falling numbers of immigrants
09:52 - 18/07/2019
Information / Baghdad ..
The number of immigrants entering the country is about one-third lower in June, the Mexican foreign ministry said, warning that the crisis is still in place unless the number falls further.
About 100,000 people, mainly from Central American countries, entered Mexico in June, compared with 144,000 a month earlier, Assistant Secretary for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Maximiliano Reyes said.
Washington threatens Mexico to impose customs duties on its goods if it does not limit the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States.
In June, Mexico deployed thousands of police and soldiers at the border and increased arrests and deportations.
"If these large numbers continue to cross, we will have a" humanitarian crisis or a crisis, "Reyes said.
In the past years, 500,000 immigrants have crossed Mexico every year in pursuit of the so-called "American Dream".
Migrants, the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, are fleeing poverty and violence linked to drug trafficking or gangs.
But since last October, many have begun crossing Central America and Mexico on foot in convoys, raising concern in the United States where they hope to seek asylum.
In May, US President Donald Trump threatened to gradually increase tariffs from 5 to 25 percent on Mexican exports to his country and gave Mexico 45 days to take measures to limit the flow of migrants.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the adoption of a new policy that almost all immigrants from Mexico do not meet the conditions of asylum.
Mexico responded by saying it would resist attempts to flood its territory with asylum seekers rejected by the United States