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Mexico Orders Suspension of Deportations of Migrants Due to Lack of Money: What It Means and Until When

2023-12-05T14:49:40.490Z

Highlights: Mexico Orders Suspension of Deportations of Migrants Due to Lack of Money: What It Means and Until When. The National Institute of Migration is experiencing a "lack of liquidity" that affects many of its operations. Just as the flow of displacements to the U.S. breaks records.. By Maria Verza - The Associated Press The head of Mexico's immigration agency this month ordered the suspension of transfers and returns of migrants in an irregular situation, due to a lack of money.


The National Institute of Migration is experiencing a "lack of liquidity" that affects many of its operations, just as the flow of displacements to the United States breaks records.


By Maria Verza - The Associated Press

The head of Mexico's immigration agency this month ordered the suspension of transfers and returns of migrants in an irregular situation, due to a lack of money at the National Institute of Migration, just in a year in which records have been broken in the flow of displacements to the United States.

This is indicated in a circular signed on Dec. 1 by Francisco Garduño, the head of Migration, whose authenticity was confirmed to the AP on Monday by an authority of that department who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the issue.

According to the document, the Ministry of Finance suspended payments in November due to a series of year-end adjustments. Due to this "and the lack of liquidity to cover the commitments" acquired, Garduño ordered the suspension of several activities of his department.

These include air services for "assisted returns" of migrants and "ground transportation for the transfer of irregular migrants."

The circular indicates that the measures would come into force on December 1. It does not mention an end date, but when referring to "specific provisions for the end of the 2023 financial year", it could be understood that they end on December 31.

The paralysis of these two activities means that migrants will not be deported to their countries of origin and that foreigners will not be transferred from one part of Mexico to another. It is common for Mexican authorities to move migrants from the U.S. border to the interior or south of the country to decongest the points where more people accumulate.

The other measures have to do with the movement of immigration agents, who must return to the offices to which they are assigned, and with the temporary suspension of certain payments to immigration agency officials or their appointments for confidence checks.

"With the INM's budget cut sharply during the last month of the year, Mexico is likely to rely more heavily on the National Guard for migration management, a mission for which they are barely prepared," said Adam Isacson, an immigration analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America. WOLA.

The INM chief's order, which was not publicly disclosed, comes as the region is about to close a record year in the flow of migrants to the United States.

From January to October of this year, Mexican authorities have intercepted nearly 590,000 irregular migrants in the country, a sharp increase from 440,000 in all of last year or less than 310,000 in 2021.

This year, however, the number of migrants Mexico returned to their countries dropped dramatically. According to federal government statistics, they go 51,000 from January to October compared to nearly 122,000 in all of last year and more than 130,000 in 2021.

Returns fell sharply starting in April, just after the late March fire at the immigration detention center in the border city of Ciudad Juarez that killed 40 people, most of them suffocated, and injured 27.

The event put the immigration agency in check, which temporarily closed many of its facilities and saw eight of its officials under criminal proceedings. Six of them are charged with homicide. Garduño and another executive are being prosecuted for unlawful exercise of duty and failure to protect people in their custody, but both remain in their posts.

Returns of migrants increased in October, just after the Mexican government reactivated the returns of nationals of several countries such as Cubans and Venezuelans.

Isacson said the INM's lack of liquidity could lead to a "sharp decline" in the interception of migrants in Mexico, which would mean it would be easier to reach the U.S. border. However, he added that several Central American countries saw a decrease in the movement of foreigners in November, so the trend is expected to continue downward this month.

So far this year, there has also been a record number of asylum applications in Mexico. From January to November, nearly 137,000 were recorded. The year in which the most had been recorded was 2021 and they did not exceed 130,000.

Source: telemundo

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