The National Institute of Migration (INM) of Mexico has identified more than 90,850 migrants who were unable to prove their regular residency in the country between January and June 6, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
In a statement, the INM stated that 20 percent of the identified migrants were minors. Specifically, the Mexican immigration authorities counted 37,237 people of Honduran citizenship, of whom 9,575 were minors; 20,459 Guatemalans, 5,674 minors; 5,995 Salvadorans, 1,420 minors; and a further 9,409 adults and 1,081 children from other countries.
Chiapas is the Mexican state where the highest number of migrants have been counted at 28,757. Behind are Tamaulipas -12,823–, Tabasco -10,281–, Baja California –6,587– and Veracruz -5,420–. In terms of returns, the INM found 42,067. Of these, 37,855 were carried out by land and 4,213 by air.
Migrants from the so-called Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – began marching in groups in October 2018 to protect themselves from the dangers of traveling through the region plagued by criminal organizations.
Then the Donald Trump administration called it an “invasion” and forced the sending countries and the transit country Mexico to sign immigration treaties to strengthen measures against illegal immigration, under threat of withdrawing US aid they received and even to impose trade tariffs .