President Trump has been putting a lot of pressure on Mexico to do their part to stem the flow of illegal aliens across their southern border, through their country, and into the U.S.
Earlier in June, Mexico promised to send 6,500 troops to their southern border after Trump pressured them with tariff talks. They even immediately halted a caravan of about 1,000 migrants at its border with Guatemala.
Now Mexico has deployed about 15,000 troops to its northern border with the U.S. to help stop people from slipping into America through cracks in its border or overloading its already overworked ports of entry with asylum requests, according to CNN.
"In the northern part of the country, we have deployed a total of almost 15,000 troops composed of National Guard elements and military units,” Mexico’s Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval said.
"Given that migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the [Mexican immigration] authorities," he also explained, according to Fox News.
In other words, our southern neighbor will actually process the people slipping into their own country rather than letting them cross all the way north to the U.S. The White House earlier likened what Mexico has been doing up to now to “exporting” their illegal immigrants into America.
“I have never seen this kind of cooperation from Mexico before in terms of immigration,” exclaimed CNN correspondent Nick Valencia on Twitter.
Mexico will also expand its “remain in Mexico” program in Nuevo Laredo, which means it will house more asylum seekers as they wait for the asylum claims to get processed in U.S. courts. One of the things that has led to the border crisis we have now is a law that requires the U.S. to allow asylum seekers that claim to be family units to come into America with the hope that they’ll show up for their future court date.
Not all do and end up living in the shadows in the U.S.
"It is a humanitarian issue that we will be attending to within the measure of our capacities," Nuevo Laredo Mayor Enrique Rivas said, noting that his city’s shelters are starting to overflow with migrants as they flood in from Guatemala, Honduras, and other places.