Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants


Estanislao Hernandez, 40, and his son, Elder, 10, migrants from Honduras, were detained by the Mexican authorities at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Tapachula, Mexico. Credit Daniele Volpe for The New York Times

New York Times: Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants, After Pressure From Trump to Act

TAPACHULA, Mexico — They arrived at dusk, dressed for combat, pouring from government vehicles. A phalanx of military and police personnel swarmed a small hotel in the center of Tapachula, this scrappy city near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. Their target: undocumented migrants.

Agents rushed door to door, hauling people away, while migrants shouted or ran out the back, scampering over the rooftops of neighboring homes, witnesses said.

It was one of several raids here last week to sweep up migrants, part of a broad Mexican crackdown against the surge of Central Americans and others streaming toward the United States. In recent weeks, the Mexican authorities have been breaking up migrant caravans and setting up round-the-clock roadblocks along common routes north.


WNU Editor: Apprehensions at the U.S. – Mexico border are still increasing, so how can the New York Times say that Mexico is cracking down?

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