Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops in Migration Crackdown
Mexico has deployed 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, “We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country.”
Sandoval replied “yes” when asked whether the troops were detaining migrants to prevent them from crossing the U.S. border.
“Given that (undocumented) migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities,” he said.
Mexico appears to have taken action after President Trump threatened the country with increasing tariffs if the border nation did not intercede to stop the influx of immigrants into the U.S.
In a statement, President Trump said if Mexico does not take action to “dramatically reduce or eliminate” the number of illegal aliens entering the U.S., the tariffs would increase to 15 percent on August 1, 2019. From there, they will go up to 20 percent by September 1 and 25 percent by October 1.
“Gang members, smugglers, human traffickers, and illegal drugs and narcotics of all kinds are pouring across the Southern Border and directly into our communities. Thousands of innocent lives are taken every year as a result of this lawless chaos. It must end NOW!” said the President.