Mexico plans migration crackdown - sources

Mexico is preparing to significantly reinforce efforts to detain U.S.-bound migrants who enter the country illegally from Guatemala, in response to the surge of immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

That's according to four people familiar with the matter, who told Reuters exclusively that Mexico would deploy security forces to cut the flow of migrants, the bulk of whom come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - fleeing poverty and violence.

MAYORKAS: "Could be the largest numbers we have seen in 20 years."

Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas said on Wednesday that the U.S. is on track to see the biggest surge of migrants in decades, sparking concerns inside the Mexican government.

Later on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the surge of migrant children was of particular concern.

PSAKI: "Our policy continues to be we're not going to send a 10-year-old back across the border. That was the policy of the last administration. That's not our policy here."

Migrant families coming from Central America face a perilous journey. One Guatemalan migrant told Reuters those considering making the trek should think twice.

MIGRANT FROM GUATEMALA: "I tell all my fellow Guatemalans to think about it before taking this little trip. It's difficult. Arriving in a foreign land is different. Think about it, really think well about it because you suffer on this path. "

Mexico's support is important for U.S. President Joe Biden's efforts to manage the number of people arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Biden has adopted a more humanitarian approach to migration policy. But the surge in arrivals since he took office in January has tested U.S. authorities and drawn heavy criticism from Republicans.

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- Mexico is preparing to significantly reinforce efforts to detain US-bound migrants who enter the country illegally from Guatemala, in response to the surge of immigration at the US-Mexico border. That's according to four people familiar with the matter, who told Reuters exclusively that Mexico would deploy security forces to cut the flow of migrants, the bulk of whom come from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, fleeing poverty and violence.

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS: Could be the largest numbers we have seen in 20 years.

- Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas said on Wednesday that the US is on track to see the biggest surge of migrants in decades, sparking concerns inside the Mexican government. Later on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the surge of migrant children was of particular concern.

JEN PSAKI: Our policy continues to be we're not going to send a 10-year-old back across the border. That was the policy of the last administration. That's not our policy here.

- Migrant families coming from Central America face a perilous journey. One Guatemalan migrant told Reuters those considering making the trek should think twice.

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

INTERPRETER: I tell all my fellow Guatemalans to think about it before taking this little trip. It's difficult. Arriving in a foreign land is different. Think about it, really think well about it because you suffer on this path.

- Mexico's support is important for US President Joe Biden's efforts to manage the number of people arriving at the US-Mexico border. Biden has adopted a more humanitarian approach to migration policy. But the surge in arrivals since he took office in January has tested US authorities and drawn heavy criticism from Republicans.