Mexico began to repatriate, by plane and directly to the capital, 133 of its citizens from the United States, who will also be subjected to health protocols by COVID-19, before an increase in illegal crossings to the neighboring country.
"Transfers will take place from San Diego, California (four flights), and Brownsville, Texas (four flights), on May 19, 22, 26 and 29"The Foreign Ministry reported in a statement.
The operation seeks to repatriate "Mexicans in a dignified, safe and orderly manner" and facilitate their return to their places of origin, the agency said.
The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) noted, however, that the objective of the repatriation is "to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the United States" and lessen "pressure on Mexico's resources along the border", due to the increase in the illegal entry of Mexicans into their territory.
According to CBP, from March 20 to May 14, There has been an increase in the flow of Mexican citizens who have made repeated attempts to enter the United States. without documents and evading sanitary security measures.
"Some have illegally re-entered the United States more than 10 times during this period," added CBP.
Return flights will adhere to the sanitary standards established in each country by the pandemic, as early detection tests before boarding in the United States, said the Mexican Foreign Ministry.
"It is important to point out that they will only board the flight those people who on the date of repatriation show no signs or are asymptomatic ” of COVID-19, affirmed the institution.
Once they arrive in Mexico, an International Health team will carry out a preventive review of repatriated citizens "To detect signs related" to the disease.
"The National Institute of Migration will receive the nationals to issue them a certificate of repatriation and assist them in their return by land to their states of origin, "added the Foreign Ministry.
This was done thanks to an agreement with the country's authorities to discourage those who repeatedly attempt to cross into the United States and they will be sent to Mexico City by choice of the federal government itself.
According to what the Border Patrol in San Diego told the newspaper Excelsior these efforts are made in coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (HSD) and the counterparts of this sector in Mexico.
He also reported that arrests of undocumented immigrants at the border had dropped to one of their lowest levels with 1,200 detainees, compared to the same month but last year, in which there were 94 thousand 423.
On the other hand, both Canada, the United States and Mexico reported that extend non-essential travel ban for another 30 days to prevent spread of coronavirus that in Mexico it has infected 54 thousand 346 people and another 5 thousand 666 have died from the disease.
"This is an important decision that it will keep people safe in both countries ”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the agreement between the United States and Canada.
Later, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said that it agreed with its northern neighbor to extend the restrictions on “Non-essential land transit on their common border, after reviewing the development of the spread of COVID-19” in both countries.
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