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Mexico apprehended nearly 800 illegal migrants Saturday, an indication that their government is stepping up immigration enforcement amid pressure from President Donald Trump.

Mexican authorities nabbed 791 illegal migrants, according to the National Migration Institute, a department within the Mexican government that tracks and manages migration through the country. The foreign nationals were found among four different tractor-trailer trucks stopped in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The detainees were subsequently taken to a migration facility and the truck drivers were arrested.

The massive apprehension comes as the Trump administration puts increasing pressure on the Mexican government to do more to stop illegal migrants from reaching the U.S. southern border.

The White House and Mexico City reached a sweeping immigration deal on June 7. In return for the U.S. not imposing a 5% tariff on all of their goods, the Mexican government has pledged to adopt dramatic new measures to curb illegal immigration.

Among other things, Mexico is deploying up to 6,000 newly-formed National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, a hot spot for northbound Central American migrants. Additionally, Mexico is allowing more U.S. asylum seekers to remain in Mexico, and is cracking down on human and drug smuggling operations.

A supplementary agreement made between Mexico and the U.S. states that, if the Trump administration is not satisfied with the progress within 45 days, Mexico will take on further measures to reduce illegal immigration, including the possibility of becoming a “safe third country” for asylum seekers.

Since the joint declaration was reached, Mexico has made big efforts to stop unauthorized migrants.

The head of the National Migration Institute (NMI), Tonatiuh Guillen, resigned Friday. Guillen was immediately replaced by Francisco Garduno, who previously served as the chief of Mexico’s prison system. The NMI has since stated that 1,000 agents have been deployed to Mexico’s northern and southern borders.

The department plans to have 6,000 National Guard troops stationed on the Guatemalan border by Tuesday. The Mexican Navy has already been deployed at the Guatemala border’s Suchiate River, stopping illegal migrants who appear by raft, according to Reforma, a Mexican news outlet.



  1. H

    June 18, 2019 at 5:13 am

    See what happens when Mexico FINALY has “skin in the game.” It’s about time! Thank you Trump. Let’s finish that wall.

  2. Mark Terzano

    June 18, 2019 at 9:04 am

    See what a 5% tariff hike will do, I wonder if we went straight to 25% what would it do? I have a feeling it just won´t be for long and it will cease, you can´t trust Latin Americans to keep it up.

    • RockyMtn1776

      June 18, 2019 at 9:35 am

      What about all the illegals already in Mexico waiting to sneak across our border?
      How long Mexico will keep up the pace on their illegal aliens is anyone’s guess. I don’t give it long, they have a record of not holding up their end of a deal. The drug cartels pay certain politicians in BOTH nations to well. I would have started this off at 25% with no waiting period and put a real dent in the flood of illegals coming in. What happens now is anyone’s guess.

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