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Mexico Now Deports More Central American Migrants Than The U.S.

El Salvadorian immigrant children are interviewed by Border Patrol agents after their Central American families crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum on April 14, 2016 in Roma, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)
El Salvadorian immigrant children are interviewed by Border Patrol agents after their Central American families crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum on April 14, 2016 in Roma, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

In a shift from years past, new data shows that Mexico apprehends and deports more undocumented immigrants from Central America than does the United States.

While illegal immigration to the U.S. remains a potent political issue in the presidential campaign, more Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since 2009.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks to Victoria Rietig, policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, about Mexico’s growing role as an enforcer against illegal immigration in the region.

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