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Mexico Experiences a Record Flow of Migrants to the United States in 2022

Mexico intercepted 77,498 migrants between December 2018 and August 2022

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Mexico intercepted 77,498 foreign migrants who were in the hands of smuggling networks in the national territory between 2018 and so far in 2022, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported this Sunday.

During the II Conference on Migration (CNM), Germán Adolfo Castillo Banuet, head of the Specialized Regional Control Prosecutor’s Office (FECOR), under the FGR, specified that of that total, 533 people were intercepted in 2018; 22,189 in 2019; 6,249 in 2020; 28,804 in 2021 and 19,723 so far in 2022.

In addition to this, the FGR announced that from December 2018 to August 2022, 4,707 investigation files had been initiated, and the five states that concentrate the highest number of these are Nuevo León, with 858; Chiapas, with 729; Veracruz, with 649; Tabasco, with 510 and Oaxaca, with 315.

It also detailed that 2,286 people have been prosecuted for human trafficking, 2,031 illegal arrests have been made, 1,653 have been brought to trial, 729 are subject to preventive detention, and 475 have been sentenced.

The FGR proposed a series of reforms to the Migration Law to have better results in prosecuting the crime of human trafficking.

It emphasized that there are concrete results in the prosecution of the crime. However, he noted that legislative actions are required to have better results and make the investigations more effective from the moment of the arrest to the time of the arrest and even to obtain a sentence against the probable perpetrators.

In this sense, Castillo Banuet proposed reforms to articles 3, 67, 68, 97, 98, 105, 159, and the addition of article 160 of the Migration Law to simplify crime verification.

The region is experiencing a record flow into the United States, whose Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico in the fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.

According to data from the country’s Interior Ministry, Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) received 131,448 refugee applications in 2021.

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