On April 12th, it was announced that the USA, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala reached an agreement to reinforce their borders and stop the migratory flow, which will imply a deployment of 10,000 officials on the southern border of Mexico.
“We have secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have agreed to do this. That will not only prevent traffickers, smugglers and cartels from taking advantage of children on the way here, but it will also protect those children”, said Tyler Moran, US Presidential Advisor on Immigration.
On another note, on April 14th, the Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, clarified that the decision to send more elements of the armed forces is due to the “serious” and “unprecedented”increase in the flow of unaccompanied minors at the border. This, he affirmed, to reinforce attention and vigilance on the southern border to take care of children who are being victims of traffickers. He proposed an increase with at least 12 thousand public servants from different federal agencies, including the National Guard.
The decision comes after the call between the Mexican president and the vice president of the United States, Kamila Harris, which took place on April 7th, in which the president was willing to “add will to the fight against human trafficking and protection of the human rights, especially of boys and girls.”
It is worth mentioning that on April 14th, Harris announced that she will soon travel to Mexico and Guatemala to talk about migration.
For more information in Spanish:
Reforzarán la frontera sur al menos 12 mil funcionarios federales (La Jornada, 14 de abril de 2021)
Vicepresidenta de EU viajará a México para hablar sobre migración (El Universal, 14 de abril de 2021)
AMLO acuerda con EU que 10 mil soldados impidan paso de migrantes en frontera sur (Animal Político, 12 de abril de 2021)
Aumenta migración infantil: Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de EU(La Jornada, 8 de abril de 2021)
For more information from SIPAZ:
National/International: Concerns over Closing and Militarization of Land Borders in Mexico (March 28, 2021)
Chiapas: Increase in Migratory Flow Noted at Guatemalan Border (March 9, 2021)