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Mexico sends 15,000 soldiers to north to halt U.S.-bound migration

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Luis Cresencio Sandoval
LatAm   Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the head of the Army

Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 soldiers and National Guard in the north of the country to stem the flow of illegal immigration across the border into the United States.

Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the head of the Army, said soldiers were needed to back up migration officials in containment operations.

“In the northern part of the country we have a total deployment of 14,000, almost 15,000 units between the National Guard and the Army,” Sandoval told a regular news conference.

“If we left it completely in the hands of the National Institute of Migration it wouldn’t be possible,” he added. “That’s why we’re providing support, it’s a strategy being pursued on both borders.”

A new militarized police force formed from soldiers, marines and federal police, the National Guard is at the heart of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to restore order in a country convulsed by record levels of violence.

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