President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that Mexico is deploying a operation involving 12 thousand officials and agents of the armed forces to stop the trafficking of minors through Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States.
On The Morning from the National Palace, he acknowledged that it is a “serious” matter because illegal traffickers are using children to try to enter people irregularly into the United States since, according to current legislation, if they travel with a minor they cannot be deported.
“If it is about adults it is something else, but when children are used it is a serious matter. They are using children because according to the legislation, they cannot return children with children. So, it is the case that children are left alone, abandonedBecause nothing else is used by migrant smugglers, coyotes, polleros, and we have to take care of the children, we are going to take care of them, we make that decision and taking care of them is not putting them at risk of the children passing through our country. north, “he explained.
Therefore, in addition to maintaining the deployment of almost 9 thousand elements of the National Guard on the southern border, the first measures will be to increase the elements of the National Migration Institute (INM) and for Rocío García, director of the national DIF, to dispatch from Tapachula, Chiapas, to prepare care for minors and prevent their illegal trafficking.
In addition, he took the opportunity to request the support of the governments of Chiapas, Tabasco and Campeche, as well as the municipalities that border Guatemala, to stop this irregular migration phenomenon “it is serious, that is why we made the decision.”
Unaccompanied minors, red light for Mexico: SRE
The Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE), Marcelo EbrardHe explained that the growth of unaccompanied minors presented to the authorities of both Mexico and the United States has been exponential.
Only from December 2020 to March 2021, the DIF went from protecting 1,525 to 3,139 last month. Y in the United States the numbers are more serious, going from 4,993 last December to 18,890 unaccompanied minors presented to the customs and border protection office of that country.
“Red spotlight for Mexico: unaccompanied minors. What does unaccompanied minors mean, in many cases they can be young people, but for the most part minors we are talking about unaccompanied children, a very probable indicator of trafficking because they serve as a safe-conduct because you they serve to cross Mexico and in the United States to obtain a status of the many that the law allows, “he remarked.
He insisted that work is currently being done to strengthen the DIF, since by law migrant minors cannot remain in immigration stations. He said that when asked by the United States about the work to stop migration They were informed that surveillance is being maintained at the border and other areas of attention are being strengthened.
However, he affirmed that it was made clear that the phenomenon will not end until it works directly with the communities of Central America, “There is an agreement with the United States, there will be a relevant investment, there is no way to regulate this if there is no investment. The other thing we agree on is that we have to go after these traffickers, it is something that had not been presented in the entire history, we had not seen such a child trafficking “.