By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Based on preliminary figures, the number of migrants entering Mexico across its southern border with the goal of reaching the United States dropped by 39.5 percent in July, compared with the comparable figures for June, Foreign Relations (SRE) Secretary Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon said Tuesday, July 30.
Speaking during the daily morning press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Ebrard Casaubon said that 87,648 migrants reached Mexico’s northern border with the United States during the month of July, down from 144,278 migrants in June.
Ebrard Casaubon also spoke about the government’s efforts to accommodate the migrants through the Integral Development Plan, noting that Mexico is the only nation on Earth that is creating more jobs than the number of people who are being sent home, in accordance with Mexican immigration law, to their country of origin.
He said that programs such as the newly instated Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) and Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro (Young People Building a Future) which have been put into place in some Salvadorian and Honduran cities, has also helped to curb the flow of migrants into Mexico.
The programs, Ebrard Casaubon said, are funded under the Fondo Yucatán budget, which has earmarked 60 million pesos to support the National Migration Institute (INM) with improved living conditions in migrant shelters and stations.
Por otra parte, el secretario Ebrard anunció que recientemente tuvo lugar la reunión número doce del Mecanismo de Coordinación Migratoria, en el que participan doce instituciones mexicanas, así como El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba y Haití, y que está organizando la primera conferencia de países donantes del Plan de Desarrollo Integral en favor del sur de México, Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador. Dicha conferencia será un respaldo global significativo para impulsar la estrategia que México promueve a nivel internacional.
Ebrard Casaubon likewise pointed out that the Leona Vicario program in Ciudad Juárez — one of the most popular entry points for migrants seeking asylum in the United States — will provide jobs for migrants awaiting a resolution of their cases.