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Mexico toughening up migration controls at southern border

13 June 2019

Mexico is toughening up its migration controls near its southern border with Guatemala as part of a deal reached with the United States to avert escalating import tariffs of 5% on Mexican goods. National Immigration Institute officials were conducting checks on vehicles traveling along a highway in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Mexican President said the sale of the former presidential jet and other aircraft from the last government would help fund components of the deal struck last week with Washington. He has also rolled out a string of welfare programs for the poor and the elderly, cut salaries for top civil servants and says he is saving public money by eliminating corruption.