EAGLE PASS, Texas — Federal and local officials here are impressed with Mexico’s new effort to slow down the rate at which Central American migrants are allowed to cross into Texas.
Mexico has opened up a facility in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras to house and feed migrants while they await to file their U.S. asylum claim. Mexico is also paying for hundreds of federal police to stand guard outside the facility’s fence and keep them from crossing into the U.S. — anyone caught trying to break out of the facility gets deported from Mexico.
The new effort is making an impression on U.S. officials charged with monitoring the border in Texas.
“This is the first time that I’ve seen them do something,” Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber told the Washington Examiner.
The South Texas sheriff said people have migrated from Central America and Mexico to the U.S. for years, but only now is Mexico putting its foot down to prevent future caravans, a new immigration phenomenon. more