As enforcement action priorities are redrawn for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mexican government has announced it will open legal aid centers at 50 consulates located throughout the United States.
Building a wall and “making Mexico pay for it” was among the central promises of Mr. Trump’s Presidential campaign and his base of supporters view undocumented immigrants as a prime source of unemployment and crime in the country. There are currently about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and about 6 million of those are Mexican citizens.
In recent years, the pendulum has shifted and net migration to the United States from Mexico has been negative – meaning more migrants have returned to Mexico rather than come to the United States. The flow of undocumented immigrants to the United States is now strongest from Central America, in particular from the so called “triangle countries” of El Salvaldor, Honduras, and Guatemala. However, many migrants originating from those countries often travel through Mexico to seek sanctuary in the United States. Many seek asylum from gang and other violence in their home nations.
Mexico has promised that the new legal centers would not promote illegality, but would work to ensure that the legal and human rights of Mexican citizens are honored.