he Mexican military has begun arresting illegal immigrants hitching rides to the U.S. border on “The Beast” freight train, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Mexican national guard halted the train in a city north of the Mexico-Guatemala border where people have been crossing into the country and more than 200 migrants fled the train.
Nataniel Hernández Núñe, director of the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center reportedly said many of the migrants went into hiding so only 25 were arrested.
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The Examiner writes, “the operation marked the first of its kind since López Obrador and President Trump reached a deal late Friday, in which the U.S. would hold off on tariffs against Mexican imports if the government did more to prevent people from traveling through the country.”
On Friday, President Trump announced that the he had reached a deal with Mexico after threatening to impose tariffs on the country unless it did more to curb the massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” the President wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”
he migrant caravan that formed on January 15
in Honduras has now grown from 2,000 to over 12,000 members, according to Breitbart.
The caravan members are entering Mexico daily, forcing the country to expedite the process to approve humanitarian visas to enable migrants to work and travel legally while waiting for their U.S. asylum claims to be processed.
The visa program was established by newly elected Mexican President López Obrador in response to the caravan, however, according to the publication, the visas are “believed to be responsible for the surge in the number of migrants who decided to join the caravan.”
Officials put the new visa policy from President López Obrador in place to deal with caravan migrants as an attempt to prevent them from traveling unaccounted for throughout Mexico. Officials say it will also prevent the caravan members from having to illegally enter Mexico from Guatemala by crossing the Suchiate river….
It is believed that many of the migrants will be able to seek out temporary work while waiting at the U.S. border for asylum requests to be processed. Many are expected to decide to attempt to cross illegally into the United States.
Many original members of this caravan appear to be looking for work, according to Reuters.
Twenty four-year-old caravan member Darwin Perez told the publication, “I’m determined to find a good job in the United States. It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Trump’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter.”
Reuters writes, “Other migrants, some traveling with spouses and children, echoed Perez’s dream to find work in the United States.”