Mexico’s foreign minister said the number of migrants returned to Mexico to await the outcome of U.S. immigration cases has fallen significantly, although activists said large numbers of people remain in the program.
Since January 2019, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has sent migrants, mostly from Central America, to Mexico under a policy called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which is also known as Remain in Mexico.
The policy has been a key element of Trump’s push to curb irregular immigration and asylum claims in the United States.
“The numbers…show a significant fall,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.
Mexico’s foreign ministry said about 2,000 migrants were sent to Mexico under the program in January, down from a peak of around 12,000 in August last year. The ministry said it expected the number of returns would continue to fall in February.