Mexico to Probe Reported US Expulsions of Child Migrants
Children walk inside an enclosure, where they are being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States illegally and turning themselves in to request asylum, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
Mexico said Friday that it would investigate reports that unaccompanied foreign migrant children were being expelled across the border from the United States in violation of a diplomatic agreement.
The New York Times reported that Central American children are being deported by the United States to Mexico where they have no family to look after them.
The expulsions, which appear to amount to more than 200 over the past eight months, were exposed in a "sharply critical" internal email from a senior Border Patrol official, the newspaper said.
"The government of Mexico will follow up on specific cases in which unaccompanied foreign minors have entered Mexico irregularly from the United States," the foreign ministry said.
Under an agreement between the neighboring countries, children who are not Mexican can only be sent back across the border with adult supervision, the New York Times said.