While the United States is currently embroiled in conflict as to whether to secure our southern border with a physical wall, our neighbors to the south have made strides in keeping a flow of migrants out of their borders.
The Seattle Times reported that Mexican government officials have pledged to put guards at around 370 illegal crossing points along their country’s border with Guatemala.
The crossings “will be guarded and controlled to prevent the entry of undocumented people,” Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said Monday according to the Seattle Times.
As the border stands now, it is possible for those who wish to enter Mexico illegally to cross at almost any point along the Usumacinta and Suchiate rivers that separate Mexico from Guatemala.
Sanchez Cordero did not give a firm date for setting the guards to secure the border, however, he was clear that Mexico does not intend to allow the events of October, when the caravan came through Mexico without their consent, to happen again.
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At that time, the Central American migrants tussled with Mexican police on the main border bridge, but eventually crossed the river at a different point to enter Mexico.
“We have information that a new caravan is forming to enter our country in mid-January,” Sanchez Cordero said. “We are already taking the necessary steps to ensure the caravan enters in a safe and orderly way.”
“There are leaders in the caravan that are directing it, trying to burst into our country, but we will not allow any entry that is not orderly, safe and controlled by Mexican laws,” she said.
Sanchez Cordero also promised that anyone wishing for transit, humanitarian or refugee visa would need to present identity documents, and would receive a response within three days.
The interior secretary also made it clear according to the Seattle Times that, “additional immigration and enforcement agents at the 12 formal points of entry on the border.”