USA detained 144,000 migrants in May, up 32% since April

USA detained 144,000 migrants in May, up 32% since April

This country deployed 6,000 members of its national guard on its border with Guatemala in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants heading to the United States.

Personnel of the National Immigration Institute (INM) detain a migrant during a joint operation by the Mexican government to stop a caravan of Central American migrants on their way to the US, at Metapa de Dominguez, in Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 5, 2019.

Mr. Lopez Obrador is hoping to head off tariffs Mr. Trump has vowed to impose on Mexican imports on Monday.

Soldiers and police forced hundreds of migrants in the group, which was mostly from Honduras, to stop in the southern town of Metapa de Dominguez, about 12 kilometres from the Mexican-Guatemalan border.

Her comments came a day after Border Patrol announced that more than 144,000 migrants were encountered or arrested at the US-Mexico border in May, a roughly 32% increase over April and the highest it's been in years.

The officials are also considering a change to asylum rules that would force people from Central America to seek refuge in the first foreign country they enter after leaving their homeland, the report said.

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Authorities did not initially deter the caravan when they crossed the bridge over the Suchiate river, which forms the border between Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

In early May, an appeals court ruled that the administration can continue to temporarily require non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico pending resolution of their asylum case while the court considers additional issues.

Last year, migrants began traveling from Central America in large caravans that grew as they advanced through southern Mexico, drawing Trump's ire.

"But our posture is to preserve, above all, the friendship with the people of the United States", he said. The INM said the migrants agreed to be carried by convoy to a migrant office.

The total number of migrants detained in the past month was almost triple that of a year ago, underscoring the surge that has overwhelmed border agents and sparked a deep crisis in USA relations with Mexico, which Washington has accused of abetting the immigrant flow. State and local police accompanied the caravan.