Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mexico analyzing USA proposal on deportation funding

Mexico analyzing USA proposal on deportation funding

The funding would be transferred from the State Department to the Department of Homeland Security as part of a "migrant removals pilot" that could result in the deportation of up to 17,000 people from Mexico, the notification said.

The statement followed reports that President Donald Trump's administration planned to send Mexico $20 million to deport undocumented Central Americans crossing its territory toward the United States.

The New York Times reported here on Thursday that President Donald Trump's administration told Congress that it meant to use $20 million of foreign aid to help Mexico deport thousands of people.

Mexican government officials say they're evaluating a proposal by the United States to pay for the deportation of foreign migrants in Mexico to their home countries.

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"The Mexican government has not accepted this proposal either verbally or in writing", the department said.

The Trump administration also is being blasted this week for redirecting millions of dollars into efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The newspaper noted it comes after Trump has promised for years that Mexico would pay for a wall along the USA southern border.

The resulting outcry at home and overseas forced the administration to backtrack, but 416 of the minors remain in custody despite a court order to reunite them with their parents or guardians. Many of those from Central American nations try to cross into the US, according to the Times.

Most are Central Americans fleeing poverty and brutal gang violence.

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