Mexican officials clear border camp as U.S. lays on pressure to stop migrants from crossing

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas visit Mexico MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A ragged migrant tent camp next to the Rio Grande is a long way from Mexico’s National Palace, where a U.S. delegation met this week with Mexico’s president seeking more action to curb the surge of migrants reaching the U.S. border. But as Mexican officials in Matamoros worked at the camp with bulldozers to clear out what they claimed were abandoned tents, it was a likely sign of things to come. READ MORE: Biden administration allows Ukrainians who fled war to stay in U.S. The United States has given clear signs — temporarily closing key border rail crossings into Texas — that it wants Mexico to do more to stop migrants hopping freight cars, buses and trucks to the border. Mexico, desperate to get crossings reopened to its manufactured goods, is starting to give signs it will crack down a bit. That was on display in Matamoros as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City. Migrants set up the encampment across from Brownsville, Texas in late 2022. It once held as many as 1,500 migrants, but many tents were vacated in recent months as people waded across the river to reach the United States. “What we are doing is removing any tents that we see are empty,” said Segismundo Doguín, the head of the local office of Mexico’s immigration agency. But one Honduran who would give only his first name, José, claimed that some of the 200 remaining migrants had been practically forced to leave the camp when the clearance operation began late Tuesday. “They ran us out,” he said, saying they were given short notice to move their tents and […]

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