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Mexico: Weekly Migration Numbers Show 36% Drop in Southern Border Crossings

1 MIN READJul 23, 2019 | 14:49 GMT

What Happened: The number of migrants entering Mexico from Central America across the country's southern border dropped by over 36 percent in the week of July 13-19, compared with the first week of June, The Guardian reported July 22.

Why It Matters: The fall in numbers suggests that the steps Mexico has taken to limit migrant flows across Central America may have been successful, a crucial step in an attempt to dodge the threat of U.S. tariffs. However, it remains possible that the drop may be temporary and could rise again, which would renew the risk of U.S. penalties.

Background: Mexico sent 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border in early June after the United States threatened tariffs on Mexican goods and called on the country to step up its efforts to limit migrant flows toward the U.S. border.

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