Mexico to Meet With 19 Countries for Plan to Counter Illegal Immigration

A Mexican government official said their country would meet with 19 other countries in the coming weeks to try and gather support for a plan to stem the flow of illegal immigrants entering the United States.

The upcoming meetings are another solid sign Mexico is stepping up on their promises to curb illegal migration, as the United States deals with a rising influx of illegal aliens, most of whom are traveling through Mexico from Central America.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard made the announcement at a June 21 press conference. Tens of thousands of mostly Central American migrants have been passing through Mexico to reach its northern border with the United States.

Under current U.S. law, authorities can only hold illegal alien families for 20 days. As a result, those who claim asylum as families are released into the United States shortly after apprehension. Officials said in May that they are piloting a rapid DNA-testing program at the border to help combat the problem.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that their country would evaluate the results of the deal it had reached with the United States to avoid punitive U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods.