Subscribe for notification

Mexican security forces detain 800 Central American migrants

Mexican authorities on Thursday adopted tougher measures against Central American migrants, detaining 800 of them who had entered Mexico illegally from Guatemala intending to reach the border with the United States.

Mexico is under intense pressure from US President Donald Trump to contain mass movements of migrants, most of them from Central America, who have been crossing through Mexico on their way to the US border.

The National Migration Institute (INM) said it had transferred 800 migrants, some of them unaccompanied minors, to immigration centers where they would be given food, medical attention and shelter.

If their legal status cannot be resolved, they will be returned to their home countries. The INM also said it was looking for another 200 migrants who had remained in the area.

Earlier in the day, security forces with riot shields corralled migrants, including families with small children, after they had entered Mexico across the Suchiate River from Guatemala.

Some migrants in the caravan had been given forms to seek asylum with Mexico’s asylum agency, COMAR. Many of the migrants heading north say they are fleeing economic hardship and violence at home.

The current group is the largest surge of people to test Mexico since its president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, reached agreements with Trump and some central American governments to reduce pressure on the US border.

Trump has threatened to punish Mexico and Central American countries economically if they fail to rein in migrant flows.

Migrants crossing into Mexico this week faced tear gas from security forces, in a firmer response than seen in previous mass crossings.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said several hundred of the new arrivals were immediately deported.


Recent Posts

Trump again offers to mediate between India and Pakistan

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his offer to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve tensions,…

2 hours ago

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said Tuesday.…

5 hours ago

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

SYDNEY: Australia is investigating more than 50 alleged war crimes by the country’s special forces in Afghanistan, including the killing…

5 hours ago

UN calls for ‘two state’ solution to be respected in Middle East

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council made a rare show of unity Monday when it called on all parties to…

5 hours ago

Turkish Airlines plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

ISTANBUL: A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Iran was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the Turkish Health Ministry’s request,…

5 hours ago

UAE suspends flights to and from Iran over coronavirus outbreak Previous

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday has suspended all cargo and commercial flights to and from Iran for one week over…

5 hours ago