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US to return migrants to Mexico by plane

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it plans to launch two flights a week by the end of January that will return Mexican migrants inland, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).

Implementation began last month with flights destined for Tuscon, Arizona to the southeastern Mexican city of Guadalajara to prevent illegal immigration, Fox News reported Tuesday.

This is a huge change compared to the practice of releasing migrants at the border, with an idea to make their return attempt more difficult.

Reportedly, DHS said it intends to return 250 migrants with two flights a week. Officials say the returning migrants are all Mexican nationals from Mexican regions not bordering the US, who recently entered the United States illegally.

“This is another example of the Trump administration working with the Government of Mexico to address the ongoing border security crisis,” DHS spokesman Heather Swift told Fox News.

“Mexico has been an excellent partner in stopping illegal migration before they reach our border and in implementing the Migrant Protection Protocol which has allowed us to secure court records for more than 55,000 people,” she added.

The Migrant Protection Protocol provides for migrants from all countries south of the border to return to Mexico and await migration hearings.

Since coming to office, US President Donald Trump has pursued a strict approach to immigration, both legal and illegal.

Meanwhile, migrants from Central American countries try to cross dangerous deserts and rivers each year on their way to the US in an effort to escape violence and poverty in their native countries.

President Trump’s administration also received the approval of the Louisiana federal appeals court, which ruled that the government could use $ 3.6 billion of military funding to build border barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Following the court ruling, the Pentagon announced that it is ready to provide additional financial support for the disputed border wall.

The border wall was one of the most prominent promises of President Trump’s campaign, a pledge that should help keep undocumented immigrants out of the country, but which has made little progress in the last three years.

As part of its anti-immigration policy, Washington has also signed a secure third-country agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The safe third country agreement obliges Central American migrants to seek asylum in the signatory country and to be processed there before they can apply for asylum in the US, although under US law migrants are allowed to seek asylum within the US or at official ports of entry.

Although Mexico refused such an agreement, it reached another agreement in June with the US administration following a tariff that forced the country to reduce the flow of migration.

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