An increasing number of migrants coming from Central America are opting to resettle in Mexico because of the Trump administration’s tightening enforcement of immigration laws is making the United States less accessible for them, The Daily Caller reports.
Mexico has for many years been used by migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras as a waypoint for crossing into the U.S. as they seek for asylum.
Since President Donald Trump assumed office in January, the government has cracked down on illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexican border and made it tougher for asylum seekers to gain entry into the country.
As a result, many of those migrants are choosing to stay put in Mexico instead.
A report by the Associated Press on Tuesday showed that Mexico’s refugee applications have climbed significantly over the last three years.
The country has received 8,794 applications for refugee status in 2016, more than double from the previous year’s figure of 3,424 applications.
This year, Mexico is on track of eclipsing the 2016 total figure as refugee applications now stood at 5,464 just from January to May.