Migrant Apprehensions at US-Mexico Border Fall Over 30%

Migrants apprehensions at the southern border of the United States and Mexico fell over 30 percent in June 2019 as compared to the previous month. The officials from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry confirmed it. It happened after Mexico’s deal with the U.S. about curbing the flow of migrants, failing to which they have to pay trade tariffs on all of their goods exported to the U.S.

According to the figures revealed by the Foreign Ministry of Mexico, who shared the data released from CBP, The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the number of migrants that were apprehended at the Mexico-US border were 144,278 in May 2019. However, in June, the total number of people fell considerably as only 100,037 migrants were apprehended, which is around 40 percent less as compared to the previous month. A large number of people from this count are those who were found ineligible or had no sufficient documents to cross the border.

The Mexican foreign ministry released a statement saying that “Mexico’s effort to control the flow of migrants appears to have broken a growing trend.”

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, warned Mexico to slow down the flow of people coming to the U.S. Otherwise, he threatened to impose 5% tariffs on all the goods exported to the United States by Mexico. Taking a precautionary measure to avoid such a huge cost, Mexico agreed to take measures to control and reduce the flow of migrants reaching the border within a time period of 45 days.

After signing the deal with the U.S. officials, Mexican authorities deployed thousands of military policemen on its northern and southern borders to stop the flow of people traveling from Mexico towards U.S. Border.

Mexican officials have also made it clear that if their strategies of slowing down the flow of migrants to the U.S border fail, they are willing to consider making amendments in their laws to satisfy the demands of Donald Trump.

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