Press "Enter" to skip to content

Mexico deploys Gendarmerie agents to Guatemala border to curb immigrants

Chiapas — The governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco, says that elements of the Gendarmerie will be deployed along the 664 kilometers of border region that Mexico shares with Guatemala.

The Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete Prida and the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, have agreed to reinforce the Mexico-Guatemala border with Gendarmerie agents in an attempt to curb fleeing Guatemalans headed for the United States.

The public announcement was made through Governor Velasco Coello’s social media account. In a video recorded by the Ministry of the Interior, they explained that agents of the Gendarmerie will be deployed along border but did not provide details.

Information about the number of agents or the date the deployment will take place was also not provided.

What was said, however, was that the goal is to reinforce border security. He specifically referred to the thousands of Central American migrants who enter Mexico illegally every year through Chiapas, most of whom with the intention of reaching the United States.

“We have talked with Manuel Velasco about border security, about strengthening our southern border, about giving a broad framework of protection to the human rights of migrants from the northern Central American triangle. This helps other areas of security in a positive synergy that can yield better results for the state of Chiapas.”