Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has about had it with the tens of thousands of illegal aliens traipsing through his country. So sick of it, he is planning to shut down his own southern border, the one that butts up against Central America.
Obrador now wants to shut down his border with Guatemala to stop the thousands of illegals crossing into his country.
According to the Washington Times Mexico’s top security official said his government will close off illegals entering from the southern border with Guatemala, though he didn’t say how the Mexico will do it.
Still, Mexican Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero added that the migrant caravans that crossed the border in October “is no longer an issue.”
She went on:
“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” she said, referring to the first week since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office Dec. 1. “The United States was impressed.”
The new administration has mobilized material and equipment to improve conditions at the migrants’ shelter in the northern border city of Tijuana, but problems continue because the Central American there are frustrated by the slow pace at which U.S. officials are processing asylum requests.
Sanchez Cordero said Mexico will promote a “Christmas at Home” campaign to encourage many of the migrants to return to their home countries for the holidays.
But Sanchez added that the federal government aims to prevent any more illegals crossings over the Suchiate River.
“In the south there will be only one entry, on the bridge,” Sanchez said. “Anyone who wants to enter illegally, we are going to say: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country.'”
Mexico does not have a great record on stopping these illegal crossers, though.
Earlier this year the country tried to stop illegal crossers at that spot but was unable to prevent them from doing so.
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