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Under US pressure Mexico shifts immigration policy

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement under the growing influence of the country’s foreign secretary and pressure from the U.S. government.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced pointed criticism from the left about the change in direction.

But Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard made clear this week after a meeting at the White House that Mexico plans to stick with the get-tough approach that has succeeded in reducing the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. border.

In his words, “We haven’t done anything that we should be ashamed of.”

Not everyone agrees. More than 100 organizations from Mexico, Central America and the United States signed a letter this week denouncing some of Mexico’s immigration enforcement practices.

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