A dash at the Mexican/Guatemala border continues, as migrants race across in hopes of making it into Mexico before the immigration crack down begins.
American Mirror reported that “Central American migrants are rushing to enter Mexico ahead of a security crackdown on the country’s southern border following Mexico’s announcement that it will accelerate the deployment of troops to its border with Guatemala,” ANews posted to Twitter with video from the river.
Men standing on pallets strapped to inter-tubes used simple push poles to guide a steady flow of men, women and children carrying backpacks for the long journey north through Mexico, including many from Honduras. The makeshift rafts were then loaded with “black market Corona beer, coffee, and other contraband” and returned to Guatemala, according to the news site.
“Recently, Guatemala began to harden their immigration laws, and they are trying to detain those who are in Guatemala illegally, which is something that you hadn’t seen,” an unidentified migrant told ANews. “So, that means the southern border will be completely closed for immigration.”
The exodus followed the announcement from Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard that the country will begin to deploy 6,000 National Guard soldiers to the Guatemalan border as part of a recent agreement with the Trump administration to crack down on rampant migration through the country.
“Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly,” he said at a news conference alongside President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador, according to Reuters.
Trump threatened Mexico with a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods unless leaders agreed to do more to address illegal immigrants flooding through the country and into the United States. Officials estimate well over 1 million illegal immigrants will come across the border to seek asylum in fiscal year 2019. The vast majority are currently released into the country to await adjudication of their claims, which takes years with the severely backlogged immigration court system.
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Central American migrants are rushing to enter Mexico ahead of a security crackdown on the country's southern border following Mexico's announcement that it will accelerate the deployment of troops to its border with Guatemala. pic.twitter.com/UTgbEiq2rZ
— ANews (@anewscomtr) June 14, 2019