Mexico’s labor ministry announced the “Juarez Initiative” to find jobs and provide shelter and support services for waiting migrants in the border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez. The federal government would pay for the actions.
Horacio Duarte Olivares, deputy secretary of employment, said the migrants wouldn’t be taking jobs from Mexicans, but rather filling openings. The government would fast-track their applications for work permits, he said.
However, some asylum applicants appear to have given up. In early July, 66 Central Americans who had been returned to the border city of Ciudad Juarez to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims were bused back to their home countries.
Mexico has increasingly detained migrants in raids on buses, trucks, trains and motels, under pressure from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent migrants from reaching the U.S. border.
On Monday, Mexico’s federal Public Safety Department said federal police pulled 228 migrants off a freight truck that was supposedly carrying soft drinks in the southern border state of Chiapas. The driver and an assistant were arrested. The migrants came from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.