Mexico has announced that they are sending almost 15,000 troops to their borders both northern and southern.
The troops are being deployed to stop the flow of illegal immigrants through Mexico.
Most illegal immigrants come from South America and travel through Mexico to reach the U.S. With the recent threats of sanctions and tariffs, Mexico has decided to help the U.S by policing illegal immigration on their side of the border.
Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, according to the country's Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval https://t.co/UUCXyCp5rK
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These 15,000 troops are being sent to Mexico’s northern border. On Mexico’s southern border there are a total of 6,500 troops. These troops are comprised mostly of national guard units but there are regular army units present too.
Mexico has requested help from both the UN and the U.S calling the goal of reducing illegal immigration a “monumental task.” Mexico’s secretary of defense Luis Sandoval also stated: “Migration is not a crime, it is an administrative responsibility.”
This is a huge step towards securing the border. By preventing people from attempting an illegal crossing, Mexico is taking the heat off our border patrol. However, Mexico’s federal government has a reputation for corruption — so only time will tell if this was just a move to appease the U.S, or if Mexico is serious about stopping the illegal immigration.