Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, may be implementing his own immigration policies, including Mexico’s own border force.
Lopez Obrador’s chief of public security, Alfonso Durazo, said the president-elect is making plans for his own border patrol force to confront undocumented immigrants from Central America, Bloomberg reported this week.
“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo said. “They need to apply the law.”
He said the border patrol force would also be stationed on Mexico’s northern border but gave no additional details.
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The plans are said to be a part of regional efforts to reduce the flow of drugs and guns, as well as violence and poverty.
Durazo said that immigration efforts will be humane and work toward improving quality of life for Central American citizens as a means of halting their crossing into Mexico. He said that previous efforts have failed due to a lack of humane policies.
“The legitimate use of force by the state is a resource,” he said. “But it shouldn’t be the first resource, it should be the last one.”
Lopez Obrador’s administration is expected to prioritize their efforts on reducing violence. One of their plans is to raise the salary and benefits of law enforcement officials, and hire more personnel to fight corruption that facilitates violent crime.