MEXICO CITY (AP) — Under growing pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico’s immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement that has support of the country’s foreign secretary.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced pointed criticism from the left about the change in direction, but Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard made clear this week after a meeting at the White House that Mexico plans to stick with the get-tough approach that has succeeded in reducing the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. border.
“We haven’t done anything that we should be ashamed of,” Ebrard said Tuesday in Washington. “We would never do that.”
Not everyone agrees. More than 100 organizations from Mexico, Central America and the United States signed a letter this week denouncing some of Mexico’s immigration enforcement practices as “arbitrary, indiscriminate and therefore illegal.”
“In these 90 days, Mexico has become President Trump’s border wall,” the letter added.
The United Nations has also warned that thousands of migrants have been left in vulnerable situations, while other experts have characterized policies as improvised and said migrants will face more abuse.