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Mexico to place guards at hundreds of points along its own southern border as another caravan makes its way north


Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero pledges to 'prevent the entry of undocumented people'

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Guards will be placed along Mexico's southern border in an attempt to stop the next wave of illegal crossings from Guatemala.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said Monday that Mexico has pledged to put guards at about 370 crossing points along its shared border "to prevent the entry of undocumented people," The Associated Press reported.

"We have information that a new caravan is forming to enter our country in mid-January," Sanchez Cordero said. "We are already taking the necessary steps to ensure the caravan enters in a safe and orderly way.

"There are leaders in the caravan that are directing it, trying to burst into our country, but we will not allow any entry that is not orderly, safe and controlled by Mexican laws," she continued.

It's unclear when Mexico is expected to have its border secured, but Sanchez Cordero said the country would not allow a replay of the events that occurred last fall.

What happened last fall?

In October, hundreds of Central American migrants clashed with Mexican police when they tried to force their way across the border bridge in the town of Tecun Uman, Mexico, NBC News reported. There were more than 7,500 who were trying to make their way to the U.S.

Dozens were reportedly injured during the incident that left at least one dead, according to reports. The group eventually crossed through a river.

Migrants often cross along the Usumacinta and Suchiate rivers that separate the two countries.

What else?

Migrants who provide identification documents and apply for transit, humanitarian, or refugee visa will receive a response within three days, Sanchez Cordero promised.

Additional immigration and enforcement agents will also be stationed at the border's 12 formal points of entry, according to the report.

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