Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard announced on July 30, that the number of illegal immigrants heading to the United States from Central America has been greatly reduced.

Ebrard explained that although 144,278 immigrants arrived in May, in June the number was 87,648, which represents a 39 percent decrease, according to the Daily Caller.

He also said that his government’s actions are based on “a strategy adopted by Mexico in accordance with its law and its decisions” and that “It is a permanent concern for Mexico that there is such a large flow of people that we cannot protect because they are anonymous; therefore, we have proceeded to apply what Mexican laws provide,” according to EFE.

The Mexican Foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, at a press conference in Mexico City on Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo / Christian Palma)
Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, at a press conference in Mexico City on July 15, 2019. (Christian Palma/AP Photo)

Ebrard said his government will attract international donors for a development plan in Central America to improve economic conditions in the region, VOA quoted.

The migratory flow also decreased at the northern border, where U.S. Border Patrol reported a 28% drop in arrests or rejections of illegal aliens attempting to enter the country.

Although 144,278 immigrants were detained in May, the figure for June was 104,344, marking the first reduction since January, with data from the Daily Caller.

One of the difficulties facing authorities is adequately controlling illegal entry into the country of human trafficking gangs, made up of so-called coyotes.

In addition, officials from Mexico’s National Migration Institute are accused of corruption and crimes such as smuggling and extortion of illegal immigrants.

It is estimated that about 10 percent of the agents are investigated for these causes.

Francisco Garduno, director of the institution, said there are about 450 investigations by internal affairs in process, and that there are 4,500 employees, in addition to about 1,500 federal agents, responsible for enforcing immigration legislation in the country.