Mexico Plans To Increase Checkpoints At Its Southern Border

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 4:31pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:49pm
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Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Olga Sánchez Cordero is Mexico's secretary of state.

MEXICO CITY — While the U.S. federal administration debates on building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, authorities in Mexico are planning to put more checkpoints on its border with Central America to facilitate the documentation of northbound migrants.

The Mexican government will strengthen the supervision at its southern border, while it continues humanitarian efforts towards Central American migrants, according to Mexican Secretary of State Olga Sánchez Cordero.

"We have detected around 370 points of illegal crossings," Cordero said. Mexico will determine if more checkpoints are needed in those areas.

"Mexico’s goal at our Southern border in a few words is: keep border crossings safe and organized," said Cordero on a conference with Mexican diplomats.

New checkpoints would allow undocumented Central Americans to register as refugees or migrants in transit to the U.S., she explained.

"Mexico will be part of a solution towards migration issues; not part of the problem," Cordero stated.