Central American Migrants Face Increased Mexican Detention and Deportation
Volunteers receive a group of Central America's migrants after they were deported from the United States, at a sports complex named "Kiki Romero" in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, April 5, 2021. (Christian Chavez/AP)
By Jim Thomas | Sunday, 18 April 2021 04:59 PM
Detentions of Central American migrants in March by Mexican authorities more than doubled versus the same period last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Deportations were up 65 percent last month over March 2020 and 61 percent over February of 2021. Figures show that 15,800 Central American migrants were detained in March, a jump of 32 percent over February, the WSJ reported.
Migrant transportation hubs have also been subject to raids in March, resulting in the detention of more than 1,200 migrants, including 360 minors, according to the newspaper.
These numbers represent Mexico's resolve in stemming the tide of migrants heading to the US border through Mexico, though US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data indicates that the number of migrants apprehended at the border is at a 15-year high, reports the Hill.
Democrats are criticizing Biden for treatment of and conditions in facilities that house unaccompanied migrant children.
“I have chosen to not allow myself to get into my feelings about how there are still these detention centers being popped up by this administration because it makes me very, very angry,” said Amanda Elise Salas, a Democratic political operative in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who worked for Biden’s presidential campaign, reported AP.
Salas said that she understands “that change comes in increments” and that Democrats don’t have enough congressional seats to make Biden’s immigration agenda an immediate reality. But she added, “It doesn’t make any sense how we aren’t looking at this in a radical way,” reported AP.
Republicans are also criticizing the president for lack of border policy.
“Right now, it’s just chaos,” Sen. John Thune R-SD said. “We need some order,” reported AP.
Thune called it a border “crisis” that could have been prevented if Biden had heeded the warnings of the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration experts.
Biden administration officials have said they inherited an untenable situation that resulted from what they say was Trump’s undermining and weakening of the immigration system, reported AP.
To the contrary, Thune said its Biden’s reversal of Trump’s policies that is causing the problem at the US Southern border.
It is this reversal that has provided the “green light” to migrants come in droves to the US, he said.