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Mexico declares success in slowing migrant flow

September 6, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gives a news conference, on the mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. Ebrard is to give a final report on Mexican government efforts Friday, Sept. 5, three months after threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it cracked down on hundreds of thousands of mainly Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gives a news conference, on the mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. Ebrard is to give a final report on Mexican government efforts Friday, Sept. 5, three months after threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it cracked down on hundreds of thousands of mainly Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen by 56 percent since an agreement with U.S. officials three months ago to reduce the flow.

Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard declared the measures a success Friday. He also said the deployment of the National Guard has generated few complaints about human rights violations. The guardsmen operate highway checkpoints along major migratory routes through the country.

Ebrard is scheduled to meet with U.S. officials in Washington Tuesday to review the results of the effort, which followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose crippling tariffs on all Mexican imports.

Mexico has also been accepting a higher number of migrants who forced to wait in Mexico after requesting asylum in the U.S.

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