US plans to pay $20 million to help Mexico deport migrants

Hondurans Fidel Arcangel Gonsalez Meza 26 and his 5-year-old son at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen Texas after corssing the border

Hondurans Fidel Arcangel Gonsalez Meza 26 and his 5-year-old son at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen Texas after corssing the border

The Trump administration is considering redirecting $20 million in foreign aid funds to Mexico to help them deport immigrants passing through the country on the way to the United States, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.

The money would reportedly help Mexico pay for the plane and bus fares of deportees.

Mexico's government said on Thursday that it was analyzing a proposal from the U.S. State Department to help fund the deportation of migrants from Mexico.

Under the "migrant removals pilot" program, part of which would be financed by the United States, Mexican authorities would be in charge of detention, interdiction, asylum adjudication, and other similar proceedings. In 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued two memos outlining strategies for cracking down on illegal immigration from Central America.

Officials from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security have been briefing congressional staff about the plan this week, according to a congressional aide who attended a briefing but was not authorized to speak publicly about what officials discussed. "We are not going to accept it because we don't have to accept it and because it is not in the interests of Mexico", Videgaray said.

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The "migrant removals pilot" proposal comes only a day after the USA government released the latest statistics pertaining to illegal border crossings, and a day after Mexico's foreign minister met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Lopez Obrador's plan to combat immigration is rather progressive.

The proposal is ironic, as President Donald Trump made calling on Mexico to pay for his border wall a staple of his campaign rallies.

Ali Noorani, the executive director of the pro-immigration National Immigration Forum, told the Times that the Trump administration has been reduced to paying Mexico to doing its own "dirty work". Officials noted that the number of people apprehended who were part of family units increased 38% from July to August, blaming "broken immigration laws" for the uptick.

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