300,000 Migrants Have Entered Mexico Bound for the US in 2019, Including From Africa, Asia

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April 27, 2019Politics
300,000 Migrants Have Entered Mexico Bound for the US in 2019, Including From Africa, Asia
Central American migrants hoping to reach the U.S. border, walk on the shoulder of a road in Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico, on April 12, 2019. (Isabel Mateos/Photo via AP)

About 300,000 migrants from around the globe entered Mexico with the intention of illegally crossing into the United States in the first three months of 2019, according to Mexican officials.

The country’s Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero said at a press conference on April 23 that Mexico had seen an increase in migrants from Honduras and a smaller number from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Cuba along with African and Asian nations, reported local news website Mexico News Daily.

Sánchez Cordero described this migration flow as “unprecedented and unusual” and added that “six caravanas madrecitas” or little mother caravans that have around 2,000 people in each entering Mexico in recent months.

“It’s estimated that during the first three months of the year, more than 300,000 migrants have transited through Mexico to enter the United States illegally,” Sánchez Cordero said, reported radio station KJZZ. “There’s a change in the flow of migrants who are entering our country.”

Sánchez Cordero did not specify how it was determined that these migrants wanted to enter the United States illegally.

On April 18, an Epoch Times reporter who was at the border reported that Border Patrol agents had arrested seven Chinese, one Mexican, and one El Salvadoran minor who crossed the border illegally at Mission, Texas.

“Out with in Mission, Texas, and just caught 7 Chinese, 1 Mexican, and 1 El Salvadoran minor. All trying to evade capture. Chinese man said he paid $15k for the whole package (flights to Mexico, smuggled across border),” according to The Epoch Times reporter Charlotte Cuthbertson.

Moreover, Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that they were not detaining migrants in response to pressure from the United States, adding that Mexico’s immigration policy has not changed and will not change.

Mexican authorities had detained 371 migrants including women and children in Mapastepec, Chiapas, on April 22, but Sánchez Cordero said this occurred because the migrants were acting aggressively toward National Immigration Institute (INM) personnel, reported Mexico News Daily.

The increase of migrants trying to enter the United States is backed up by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data.

Earlier this month, CBP said agents encountered over 103,000 individuals on the southwestern border in the month of March. Of those, 92,000 were Border Patrol apprehensions—which is an increase of 35 percent compared to February.

The agency also said that for the first half of the 2019 fiscal year, agents arrested over 385,000 illegal aliens at the southwest border, which is more than double the apprehensions during the same period last fiscal year.

Fraudulent Family Cases

In a recent press conference, acting Department of Homeland Security chief, Kevin McAleenan said the Border Patrol has identified over 3,000 fraudulent family unit cases in the past six months.

“It’s very clear that the cartel and smugglers know the weaknesses in our laws. They know that family units and unaccompanied children will be released with no consequences for their illegal entries,” McAleenan said on April 17 during his tour at McAllen, Texas, reported KVEO.

He said illegal aliens are going to great lengths to seek asylum in the United States, by engaging in what he called child recycling rings, reported Texas Public Radio.

“The same child is brought across the border with an adult multiple times to try and gain that release that family units are required under court order,” McAleenan said.

In a tweet on April 23, McAleenan continued to highlight the problem, saying, “Children making the journey north are the most vulnerable. They’re arriving sicker than ever after the brutal journey—smugglers realize the loopholes in our laws and are exploiting them to profit. @DHSgov is doing everything we can to confront this dangerous epidemic.”

Moreover, CBP continued to warn about the orchestrated efforts’ of people smugglers to bring individuals in the United States.

On April 24, the agency released a video showing heavily armed men escorting a woman and her son across the southwestern border.

“#BorderPatrol cameras observed armed men escorting a mother and her 8-year-old son to the int’l boundary west of Lukeville, AZ,” the federal agency wrote on April 23. “The armed men dropped off the pair in an area commonly used by smugglers to bring large groups of Central Americans into the country illegally.”

From The Epoch Times

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