The Mexican government just echoed President Donald Trump’s push to crack down on illegal immigration, closing down one of its own southern borders.
This comes as President Donald Trump continues to battle with Democrats over funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero said Wednesday that the country was closing the entries between Mexico and Guatemala so that no more of the migrant caravan can pass through the southern area.
With Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, now in office, the top official said the administration dealt with the border security issue.
“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” Sanchez Cordero said. “The United States was impressed.”
According to the AP, the Mexican government will be promoting a “Christmas at Home” campaign that will encourage migrants who had traveled in the caravan to return back to their home countries for the holidays.
The Mexican government hasn’t explained details on how it will get the job done, but it plans to cut off those trying to illegally enter Mexico at the Guatemala border by only allowing people to cross on one bridge.
“In the south there will be only one entry, on the bridge,” Sanchez Cordero said. “Anyone who wants to enter illegally, we are going to say: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country.'”
In the city of Tijuana, where thousands of migrants in the caravan have camped out, a city official recently shared how the caravan’s living conditions have been a hefty burden on the Tijuana residents, as the city spends up to $40,000 a day, as IJR Red previously noted.
“Things got out of hand because they kept growing and growing,” a Tijuana delegate said. “This is a federal issue, this is not a municipal issue. But we’re carrying the financial load of keeping these people with medicine, food, shelter, blankets and whatever.”
Tijuana’s mayor also recently shared that the migrants who camped out in the city could affect the 1.7 million Tijuana residents, as it’s costing the city a lot of money.