Lopez Obrador acknowledges hike in migrant flow between June and July

Mexico City, Aug 7 (EFE).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday acknowledged an increase in the flow of migrants within Mexico over the past month, at the same time that he said the his administration is investigating the abandonment of migrants traveling on passenger buses, a situation that has increased in recent days.

“Yes, today we saw that there is a resurgence in the migrant flow,” said the president at his regular morning press conference.

Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, responded to questions about the growing number of cases of migrants abandoned in buses, given that so far this month more than 150 foreign migrants have found themselves in that situation in various parts of the country.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is for migrants not to travel on these unsafe buses because there are many accidents and we’re taking care of that and protecting them with shelters, food,” the president said.

On August 4, Mexican authorities intercepted a passenger bus carrying 62 migrants from three continents in the northern state of Sonora, which borders on the US state of Arizona.

That same day, the National Institute of Mexico (INM) reported having found an abandoned bus carrying 89 migrants from Ecuador, Honduras and Egypt in the eastern state of Veracruz.

On this matter, AMLO said that “work is being done” to address these types of cases, although he added that it will be Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Barcena who will provide more details about these actions.

According to data presented by the president and obtained from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), irregular migration increased by 26 percent between June and July.

And although it has not reached the figures seen just before the end of US Title 42 in May, “there is an upward trend in undocumented migrants,” he stated.

The figures presented by AMLO also revealed a 45 percent increase in the migration of undocumented and unaccompanied minors between June and July, as well as a “slight” upward trend in the migration flow of Mexicans.

The transport of migrants in overcrowded conditions reflects the heavy and unprecedented migration flow in the region, with more than 2.76 million undocumented migrants intercepted by the US along the border with Mexico during Fiscal Year 2022.

Meanwhile, Mexico registered an annual increase of more than 43 percent in the number of “persons in an irregular situation” in the country over the past year, during which authorities detected 444,439 migrants in that category.

EFE –/bp

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