Mexico deploys 15 000 troops to US border to slow migration

2019-06-25 07:50

Mexico has deployed nearly 15 000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the US, the army chief said on Monday - admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash.

The deployment, announced by Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval in a press conference with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is in addition to the more than 6 000 security force members deployed to the southern border under a June 7 deal with the US, which is pressuring Mexico to do more to stop a surge of Central American migrants.

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