Mexico has reduced illegal immigration to the U.S. by 36%

Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard claimed today, July 22, that the number of migrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico has decreased by 36% since an agreement with the United States was signed on June 7.

Ebrard, who held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Mexico City yesterday, said that the reduction in migration flows to the U.S. has allowed Mexico to avoid being compelled to accept “safe third country” status for so-called asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere.

A supplementary agreement to the June 7 pact stipulated that if, after 45 days, the United States decided that Mexico wasn't stemming migration, the Mexican government would “take all necessary steps” to implement a safe third country agreement.

More than 43,000 migrants were detained by Mexico in the first 42 days after the reaching of an agreement with the United States ending President Donald Trump’s threat to impose blanket tariffs on goods imported from Mexico. Preliminary data indicate that Mexico stopped 43,279 migrants between June 8 and July 19, amounting to an average of 1,030 arrests per day.

The daily detention rate has increased by 88% over the period between January and May, during which there was an average of 547 arrests per day. Deportations have also increased since the signing of the June 7 agreement. Mexico's National Immigration Institute says that 21,912 migrants were repatriated to their home countries last month. This is the highest monthly total since Mexico's new government took office last December.

On June 24, Mexico announced that almost 15,000 federal security force members had been deployed to the country's northern border, to prevent continued illegal migration flows into the United States.

A statement from the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said that Pompeo was promised that Mexico will continue to prevent migration from Central America over the next 45 days. Foreign Affairs Secretary Ebrard will meet with Secretary of State Pompeo again in Washington, at the beginning of September.