A joint agreement has been reached between ICE and the Mexican government to make illegal entry much more difficult should they choose to attempt it again.
Mexican nationals are to be deported a long way from the U.S. Mexican border.
ICE and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior announced on Thursday, Dec.19, the continuation of the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI) beginning on the same day.
Approximately 150 Mexican nationals left Tuscan airport bound for Guadalajara, hundreds of miles from the U.S. Mexican border. “The Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI) reflects our commitment and ongoing bilateral effort with the government of Mexico to ensure strong, humane, and effective enforcement of both nations’ immigration laws,” said ICE Director Matt Albence. “The protocols we have in place for IRI flights continue to ensure that those repatriated to Mexico are returned in a safe and expeditious manner, and closer to their homes, to discourage future attempts to cross the border.”
“This action disrupts the smuggling cycle by removing Mexican nationals from the border where they would be targeted by criminal gangs and smuggling organizations,” said acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, according to the Department of Homeland Security. “This is one more initiative that restores integrity to our immigration system.”
The number of illegal aliens coming from Central America has lessened, however the influx of Mexican nationals at the border is on the increase. The increase has brought about a change in policy for the Trump administration.
The policy change took effect on Thursday, Dec. 19, with the first deportation flight to Guadalajara in central America, and ICE officials may take other illegal aliens even further, to Guatemala.
The program began as a pilot program about seven years ago, in April 2013 it became a permanent initiative.
“The United States and the government of Guatemala are working closely together to continue implementation of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement,” acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli tweeted. “We are building protections that will be available to the region’s vulnerable populations closer to home—eliminating the need to make the dangerous journey north and lining the pockets of transnational criminal organizations.”
“As we fully implement the agreement, all populations are being considered, including Mexican nationals,” Cuccinelli continued.