Mexico's migration rate towards the United States drops

Although the migration policy of President Donald Trump has hardened, in reality the deportations of Mexicans have a downward trend in recent years.

Reyna Torres Mendívil, consul in San Antonio Texas, explains that some of the returnees are undocumented parents with American children who already had a life made in the country.
Reyna Torres Mendívil, consul in San Antonio Texas, explains that some of the returnees are undocumented parents with American children who already had a life made in the country.

"There is talk now that the migration rate is zero, because more Mexicans do not go to the United States than they return. We remain in that constant, "says the Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas, Reyna Torres Mendívil.

The deportees are not nationals who cross the border immediately, who are detected and returned to Mexico. They are people who are 10, 15, 20 or more years old in the United States, who already have a life made, with business, studies, housing and family.

The deportations are not greater, there has not been an upward spike; but it is a constant, that flows are increasingly important from within the American Union. These are undocumented fathers or mothers with US citizen children.

According to the Immigration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior, in the first semester of 2018 there were 109 thousand 296 nationals deported from the United States, which was 65 percent of the total of repatriates throughout 2017.

"We have half a million children, US citizens, children of Mexican parents, who do not even speak Spanish. We are faced with an intense effort, to bring services not only from the Consulates, but also from Mexico and to make sure we take advantage of this potential and that families do not separate, "the diplomat said in an interview.

The Regional Office of Border Patrol (Border Patrol) is in San Antonio, and from there the operation and control over different hostels where they send the children is organized.

"This involves a very specific job: visit the Detention Centers, visit the shelters for minors and see if there are unaccompanied children for reunification with their parents."

Those are the deportees who have increased. And the problem is that their children are already American citizens and they (their parents) do not have documents.

The problem is very complex. Sometimes the father is a documented citizen and his children are also, but not the mother and they deport her and the family bond is broken.

About the new bilateral relationship with the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the consul Torres said: "The most important thing is that communication channels with the Trump administration are open. The ambassador of Mexico in the United States, Martha Bárcena, has a very good relationship with the Secretary of Internal Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, "he explained.

via: El Sol de Mexico