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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mexican Authorities Will Stop Holding Child Migrants in Detention Centers

The Mexican government announced on Friday morning that it will change the country’s immigration law that would prohibit migrant children in immigration detention centers.

The Mexican government announced on Friday morning that it will change the country’s immigration law that would prohibit migrant children in immigration detention centers.

The changes come after a year in which Mexican authorities detained more child migrants than ever before. Families, especially from Central America, were crossing the country to arrive at the border with the United States during the first half of 2019.

The Trump administration made it difficult for asylum seekers to pursue their cases at the border and pressured the Mexican government to take a more aggressive approach to slow the flow of migrants north.

Different agencies of the United States said these new changes were the most important reforms the Mexican government had made in the area since the year 2014 and would bring the nation in line with a number of international treaties.

“The implementation of the reforms will help strengthen the system of childhood protection, benefiting the girls, boys and adolescents in the context of human mobility, by guaranteeing them comprehensive compliance with their rights and making their best interest central,” the United Nations said in a statement.

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