Doing the Work Democrats Refuse to Do: Mexico Deploys Nearly 15,000 Troops to Border to Stop Migrant Flow to the US
It seems as though President Donald Trump has managed to get Mexico to be more serious about protecting the southern border than the Democratic Party.
The Mexican troops have been ordered to protect the border amid ramped up pressure from President Trump.
“We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country,” Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, according to a report from the AFP.
Sandoval told reporters that the troops will be stopping and detaining illegal migrants to prevent them from crossing the US border. Mexican officials typically did not stop illegal migrants in the past.
Mexico has also deployed 6,000 National Guardsmen to their southern border to stop Central American migrants going through their nation to get to the US.
“Given that migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities” Sandoval added.
The news comes as a June poll from the Mexican newspaper ElUniversal found that 61.5% of Mexicans want their government to stop allowing migrants from other nations travel through their country to get to the United States.
The number from ElUniversal’s June survey was a significant increase from the 49% who wanted to stop the flow of migrants in October 2018.
The newspaper also reported that the majority of Mexican citizens, 53.7%, do not support granting work visas to Central American migrants — a move that has been pushed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Another 44.4% want illegal migrants to be immediately deported.