Pew: Migrant apprehensions in Mexico up 32 percent compared to last year

Pew: Migrant apprehensions in Mexico up 32 percent compared to last year
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Mexico has apprehended and detained 32 percent more migrants so far this fiscal year than last year, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Mexico’s office for population and immigration statistics.

The nearly 92,000 detained migrants largely come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the three Central American countries driving the recent spike in immigration to the United States.

The level of apprehensions remains below the 141,000 apprehensions made during the same period in fiscal 2006, during the last surge of non-Mexican immigrants traveling to the United States.


Pew's analysis come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE has escalated pressure on Mexico to contain the flow of immigrants affecting the southern border.

Earlier this month, Trump threatened sweeping tariffs on Mexico if the surge of Central Americans crossing into the U.S. could not be contained.

The two countries reached a deal last week to avert tariffs, although some portions of the agreement have yet to be revealed.

As part of the deal, Mexico will beef up its national guard presence at its southern border to stem the flow of Central American migrants northward, boost intelligence-sharing with the U.S. and allow the U.S. to deport migrants seeking asylum to Mexico to await adjudication.