UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Mexico announced on Wednesday that it had reduced the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States by 74.5% since May 2019, the date of its plan to address the issue.
“The figures of those who cross the border towards the United States have fallen by 74.5%,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on the sidelines of the President’s morning press conference, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“Today we have positive results, not only because it is a matter of reducing the illegal flow, which is the main goal, but also because the people on the national soil are safe,” he added.
Eberard indicated that Mexico has given 60,000 jobs to immigrants on its soil.
He continued, “The goal is not to ask them for shelter, but rather to reduce the very high possibility that they will decide to migrate.”
Since October 2018, the United States has faced an influx of illegal immigrants toward its border with Mexico, which has negatively affected relations between Washington and Mexico.
In June, the United States threatened to impose tariffs on products from Mexico if the Mexican government refrained from stemming the flow of immigrants, the majority of whom came from countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Under pressure, Mexico has deployed more than 25,000 troops between its southern borders, with the majority of immigrants arriving, and its northern border with the United States.
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