Mexico reports rising numbers of migrants
Published: Mar 25, 2021 05:58 PM
Mexican authorities said Wednesday that they had detected a nationwide increase in the number of undocumented migrants so far in 2021, including nearly 1,300 unaccompanied children.

The rise coincides with an influx at the Mexican-US border of migrants, many of whom are fleeing economic crisis, crime and environmental devastation in Central America.

The National Migration Institute (NMI) said that 31,492 migrants had been identified around Mexico between January 1 and March 21, mostly from Honduras and other Central American nations.

That marked an increase of 4,779, or around 18 percent, compared with the same period of 2020.

Mexican authorities usually send undocumented migrants to detention centers for eventual deportation.

More than 3,400 minors were among those detected in checks of locations such as highways, roads, airports and freight trains, the NMI said.

Of those, 1,297 were traveling alone and are now in the care of the government, it added.

Mexico announced last week that it would step up security along its southern frontier with Guatemala to stop child migrants crossing on their way to the US.

US President Joe Biden's opponents have seized on the influx to accuse him of creating a "crisis" at the border with a naive immigration stance. 

Roberta Jacobson, US coordinator for the southern border, held talks with Mexican officials and urged migrants not to travel to the US.
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