Mexico has sharply lowered migration across its territory toward the United States, officers say, and recent polls recommend hardening local attitudes towards migrants who stay within the nation.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Monday that Mexico had lowered northward migration by 36.2%. He charged the National Guard, and a tightening of immigration enforcement for the change, all a part of a 45-day trial to show to the USA that covers to stem migration are running.
Ebrard’s declaration comes on the heels of a poll launched last week that implies attitudes are changing in a country that welcomed many migrants only a year ago when ordinary citizens provided food and donations to individuals making their way from Central and South America to the US-Mexico border.
The poll carried out by the Washington Post, and Mexican newspaper Reforma confirmed a large majority of Mexicans feel that elevated migration through the nation from Central America is a burden on their economy and companies. Simply over half also favor deporting more migrants, in line with the poll.
Constant pressure and threats of tariffs from the Trump administration have spurred the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, to crack down on migration routes. The impact might be felt especially on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, where 6,000 Mexican National Guard troops have been dispatched to curtail illegal immigration.