Mexico vows to secure southern border

File photo shows migrants crossing a river into Mexico.

The Mexican government has vowed to bring order to its southern border, where drug cartels and migrants can cross without police interference.

According to a report published by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, President Enrique Pena Nieto recently pledged to strengthen security at border crossings and set up more sophisticated internal control stations.

In addition, Vice Admiral Francisco Ramon Tiburcio Camacho said the Mexican navy, which is in charge of protecting the border, has staged coordinated operations with the Guatemalan military, aimed at ridding the southern border area of drug cartels.

The Mexican government is also developing a program to record fingerprints, photos and other identifying features of migrants, in an attempt to better monitor the movements of thousands of migrants who enter the country each year.

Civil society organizations say some estimated 400,000 undocumented migrants cross the southern border into Mexico each year.

After arrival, many migrants fall victim to criminal gangs, as about 10,000 migrants are reported missing every year, according to official figures.

Meanwhile, experts are not convinced that the new measures taken by the Mexican government will succeed as they say the over 1,000-kilometer (700-mile) long border is essentially untamable.

On July 25, Nieto admitted that organized criminal gangs have gained the upper hand in other parts of the country, including the states of Michoacan, Mexico and Guerrero, despite increased military troops in the areas.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has killed more than 70,000 people since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in December 2006.

President Nieto has vowed to fight the violence as he continues the campaign against drug cartels.


Republished from: Press TV