Mexico will deport illegal immigrants from cities on its border with the United States and take measures to deter people from risking their lives trying to hitch a ride on cargo trains traveling to the northern border, the country's immigration authority said.
The agency said it expects that the move will help "depressurize" the Mexican border cities of Ciudad Juárez, Piedras Negras, and Tijuana, and the border state of Tamaulipas, which have been overwhelmed by the recent surge of people seeking to illegally enter the United States.
As part of an agreement made during the meeting, CBP will hand over to the INM the illegal immigrants who have been expelled from the United States through the Ciudad Juárez International Bridge, and the Mexican government will "carry out negotiations with the governments of Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Cuba so that they receive their compatriots."
"In September alone, 189,000 migrants have been rescued, with an average of 9,000 per day," the INM said in a statement. "People from 191 different nationalities are passing through Mexico, primarily from Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Haiti and El Salvador."
The Mexican agency didn't specify when the deportations will start or how long they would last.
Train-Hoppers Paralyze Rail NetworkThe Sept. 23 meeting comes after Ferromex was forced to suspend 60 of its freight trains running in the northern part of Mexico because of an "unprecedented" surge in deadly attempts by illegal migrants to hitch rides on those units.
The cargo trains, including one infamously referred to by migrants as "The Beast" or "The Train of Death," for years have been used by illegal immigrants to speed up the nearly 2,000-mile trek from Mexico's southern border to its northern border.
US Border Towns Pushed to Breaking PointThe announcement also comes as the Texas cities of Eagle Pass and El Paso struggle to address the surge of illegal border crossings.
Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr., a Democrat, said that more than 6,000 illegal immigrants have crossed into his city in just two days and thousands more are expected to pass through in the coming days. The city itself has a population of only about 28,000.
Meanwhile, in El Paso, where another wave of illegal border crossing brought more than 2,000 people per day, shelter capacity and other resources are being strained to "a breaking point," city officials said. Just six weeks ago, the city was seeing about 350 to 400 people coming in per day.
According to Mr. Leeser, about two-thirds of those new arrivals are single men. An estimated 32 percent are families, and just 2 percent are unaccompanied children.
"I think it's really important to note that we have a broken immigration system," he said. "It's the same thing over and over again."