1,000 Mexican Migrants Returned to Country’s Interior Under New Trump Program
Mexican nationals illegally present in US returned deep into Mexico
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Protection agents have joined forces to deport more than 1,000 Mexican migrants into Mexico's interior, under a new Trump Administration program.
Trump negotiated in 2019 an agreement to return Mexican nationals who were illegally living in America, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.
Previous agreements saw Mexican nationals returned to across the border, allowing them to simply re-cross elsewhere.
U.S. officials returned more than 1,000 Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States under the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI) joint agreement.
CBP officials said in a statement:
“The IRI is a joint agreement between the governments of the United States and Mexico to ensure that those repatriated to Mexico are returned closer to their homes in a safe and expeditious manner."
“This is yet another successful Trump Administration initiative that demonstrates our urgency to apprehend and quickly remove those who illegally cross our border,” CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan stated.
“By returning these individuals into the interior of Mexico, they will be much less likely to attempt a dangerous and potentially deadly journey north.”
106 Mexican nationals were flown from Tucson, Arizona, to Guadalajara by ICE officials.
“This framework will reduce recidivism and border violence by returning Mexican nationals closer to their cities of origin,” ICE officials stated.
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“ICE works closely with CBP to ensure the safe and timely removal of individuals who have unlawfully crossed the southern border.”
The policy represents the latest change to come out of an intense effort by the Trump administration to bring in regional partners on the issue.
"This is another example of the Trump Administration working with the Government of Mexico to address the ongoing border security crisis,” DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift told Fox News.
“Mexico has been a great partner in stopping illegal migration before they reach our border and in standing up the Migrant Protection Protocol, which has allowed us to provide court dates to more than 55,000 individuals.”
Fox News reported that law enforcement apprehended or turned away 40,620 migrants at the southern border in December, marking the seventh consecutive month of decline.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it apprehended 32,858 and deemed 7,762 inadmissible.
That number is slightly down from November, where 42,651 were arrested or deemed inadmissible.