Wed | Jan 26, 2022

US sending Central American migrant minors back home

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:00 AM


The head of Mexico’s immigration agency says that the country has received 112 Central American migrants from the United States — and they includes 25 minors, marking a policy reversal.

National Immigration Institute Commissioner Tonatiuh Guillen said last month that Mexico wouldn’t accept migrants younger than 18 while they await the resolution of their US asylum claims.

The migrants returned to Mexico through the El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana. On Monday, Guillen said the 112 returned through February 21 include 17 families from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The so-called ‘remain in Mexico’ programme allows the US to return some Central American migrants who are seeking asylum in that country. Instead of waiting in the US for the months- or years-long process to run its course, they wait in Mexico.