Mexico cracks down at US border with 15,000 troopsMexican National Guard soldiers detain Central American migrants trying to cross the Rio Bravo - also known as the Rio Grande - into the United States at Ciudad Juarez. MEXICO CITY - Mexico has deployed nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the United States, the army chief said Monday -- admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash. Under pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow the surge of Central Americans crossing the border, Mexico promised earlier this month to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen, but had not previously disclosed the extent of the crackdown on its northern border. Fleeing chronic poverty and brutal gang violence in their home countries, the Central Americans crossing Mexico mostly lack migration papers. There has been a large increase in such migrants crossing the US-Mexican border and seeking asylum in recent months.
Source: Bangkok Post June 24, 2019 18:22 UTC