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Migrants detained on Mexico's southern border as new migrant deal takes affect

11 June 2019

Migrants took to rafts at the Suchiate border river between Guatemala and Mexico on Monday, but were greeted on Mexican shores by immigration officials as the country's new migrant deal with the United States takes effect. On Friday, the United States and Mexico struck a deal to avert a tariff war, with Mexico agreeing to rapidly expand an asylum programme and deploy security forces to curb illegal immigration from Central America.

But migrant activists fear that extra security in the country's south will see the militarization of the southern border with Guatemala. Mexico and the United States agreed to keep talking about further possible measures to address the crisis and would make announcements on the matter after 90 days.