While many Mexican politicians including President Enrique Peña Nieto decry GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s proposal for a border wall, the country reportedly deports nine in 10 Central American illegal migrants south of its own border.
Univision reports that Mexico strictly enforces its own immigration laws through strong border security which has led to the deportation of 87 percent, 92 percent, and 96 percent of illegal Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan migrants respectively. The deportation data is valid for the first four months of 2016.
A total of 43,506 Central American illegal migrants were booted out of Mexico in the first third of 2016. The illegal migrants were trying to get through the country before ultimately attempting to cross the Mexico-U.S. border.
Migration from Central America became a major issue in the summer of 2014 when thousands of unaccompanied minors fled from the gang violence of the Northern Triangle countries: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Of the tens of thousands of Central American illegal migrants that caught trying to illegally enter Mexico between January and April of 2016, 9,636 of them were Central American minors, 85 percent of which were deported.
Border security and immigration have been major issues in the 2016 presidential campaign as a result of Trump’s advocacy for a border wall that he wants Mexico to pay for. Peña Nieto has stated that there is “no way,” his country will foot the bill for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The incumbent Mexican president’s reaction to the possibility of a border wall was not as strong though as former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s reaction in an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Fox told Ramos that he is, “not going to pay for that [Trump’s] fucking wall.”
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