MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Folks-smuggling crimes in Mexico this yr have greater than tripled since 2020, the federal government stated on Wednesday, because the nation battles to deal with a pointy enhance in unlawful immigration on the U.S. border.
Between January and August, Mexico registered 1,232 people-smuggling crimes, a soar of practically 228% from the 376 logged throughout the identical interval in 2020, Safety Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez informed a daily authorities information convention.
Authorities officers say many migrants pay people-smugglers to make their manner on the perilous journey from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala as much as the US.
Rodriguez made the announcement alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose administration has needed to take care of a large soar within the variety of undocumented migrants from across the Americas attempting to achieve the US.
Final week, 1000’s of principally Haitian migrants crossed the Mexico-U.S. border at Del Rio, Texas, creating a brand new human-rights headache for U.S. President Joe Biden and Lopez Obrador.
Mexico and the US on Wednesday had been getting ready to fly extra Haitian migrants away from U.S.-Mexico border camps https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-mexico-fly-haitian-migrants-away-border-pressure-builds-biden-2021-09-22, whilst strain mounted on Biden to place a cease to expulsions of Haitians to their impoverished, struggling homeland.
Biden took workplace in January pledging to undertake a extra humanitarian strategy to immigration than his hardline predecessor Donald Trump, which Mexican officers argue has inspired migrants to attempt their luck on the border.
Washington has pressed Mexico to comprise migrant flows because the variety of people who find themselves stopped whereas attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally has greater than doubled this yr.
(Reporting by Jake Kincaid in Mexico Metropolis; Enhancing by Matthew Lewis)