WASHINGTON — Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena said Mexico does not need to create a border patrol agency to help mitigate the flow of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the border into the U.S. through Mexico.
In June, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would impose tariffs on Mexican goods if the Mexican government did not do more to stop illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. over the border. In response, Mexico’s government temporarily deployed approximately 25,000 National Guard troops to the border.
According to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, migration flows have been reduced by 56 percent after the National Guard troops were sent to the border. Since the deployment is temporary, the ambassador was asked why Mexico doesn’t have a border security agency that helps address the number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S.
“I don’t think — I think it’s a misperception. I don’t think we have a border security apparatus to stop the flow. I think we have deployed the national guard to guarantee public security and citizen security so, and, of course, we are dealing with that issue of public security,” Bárcena replied.
When asked if she thinks Mexico needs its own border security agents, she replied, “No.”
Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the previous Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., said the Mexican government does not have agents assigned to border patrol.
“We don’t have a border patrol. We work through two agencies. At the points of entry through the SAT [Mexico’s tax agency, Servicio de Administración Tributaria] which is [an] agency within our treasury that are counterparts for CBP, and then we have a federal police,” Gutiérrez said.