Mexico rounding up, deporting migrants hoping to reach U.S.

"Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Better not happen again!" he said.

Trump also said, without offering details, that Mexican soldiers recently had "pulled guns" on US troops in what he suggested was "a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers". In 2008, the US Border Patrol arrested seven Mexican soldiers after their armed HMMWV broke down inside the US (source).

But on Wednesday, he returned to criticizing America's southern neighbor: "Mexico is not doing almost enough in apprehending & returning!" Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that closing the border could be "devastating" to USA businesses who depend on commerce coming through legal ports of entry between the two countries.

The command's statement said only that the Mexican soldiers departed the area "after a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations".

Actually, the Mexican soldiers were in USA territory.

"Throughout the incident, the United States soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols", it added.

The officials said the Mexican soldiers pointed their weapons at the US troops, removed a soldier's sidearm and returned it to their unmarked vehicle.

The anti-establishment leftist said a plan announced last week to restrict migrants to Mexico's south - keeping them away from the United States border - was for their own safety and not a means to placate Washington.

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According to Mexican immigration authorities, Mexico has deported 11,800 migrants so far this month and is being more selective in who is given a visa, which allows a migrant to remain in the country and work.

Trump campaigned on a promise to secure the border, and while Democrats previously authorized funding for border security, they have adamantly refused to do so now.

The US troops were deployed to the border a year ago by Trump to help reduce illegal crossings.

Central American migrants wait on the top of a parked train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Trump has already sent about 4,700 active and reserve troops to the southern border, according to Army Times, citing figures from senior Army leaders. The White House, earlier this month, announced that James M. Murray would become head of the U.S. Secret Service-replacing Randolph "Tex" Alles.

Civil rights groups convinced the lower court that the program, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, violated USA obligations not to send asylum seekers to a country where they face fears of persecution.

Mexico, meanwhile, added belligerence to its aggression, with officials telling Reuters it has "deep concern" about an armed civilian organization that confronts people who cross into the us illegally.

In addition to the deported, Mexico said it's also detained 3,200 migrants in shelters along its southern border with Guatemala. That number is higher than the 404,142 apprehensions that took place during the entire 2018 fiscal year.

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