Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of crackdown

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Published on June 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of crackdown

Central American migrants eager to beat a crackdown by Mexico on its southern border with Guatemala scrambled into the country on Thursday as the government prepared to send thousands of National Guard members to plug gaps in the porous frontier.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of crackdown

Rushing to beat a crackdown on Mexico's southern border, these Central American migrants are determined.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) HONDURAN MIGRANT, MARCOS OVIDIO FLORES SAYING: "It worries me because we want to achieve our goal… and going back to our country wouldn't be easy, we'd be at risk." Mexico struck a deal with the U.S. last week to ramp up its efforts to stem the flow of migrants headed for the U.S avoiding punitive tariffs by President Donald Trump.

But it's not off the hook just yet, Washington will review the effectiveness of Mexico's policies after 90 days.

And while Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said last week that the country would beef up control of its southern border, including sending 6000 national guard troops starting Wednesday, witnesses saw no signs of that deployment.

In footage shot Thursday by Reuters in Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas - the southern Mexican state that borders Guatemala - migrants who say they're fleeing gang violence in their home countries, could be seen crossing the Suchiate river on a raft and staggering onto Mexican soil.

With no Mexican official in site.

As part of the deal brokered between the U.S. and Mexico, the Mexican side has agreed to consider changing its migration laws after 45 days if it proves unable to stop the waves of people journeying to the U.S.

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