AMLO Increases Deployment of National Guard to Border Following End of Title 42

Hundreds of armed soldiers prevent migrant caravan. Photo: Ángeles Mariscal

Following the Migration Agreement of June 2019, between the governments of the United States and Mexico, 6,000 members of the NG were deployed to the southern border and 15,000 to the northern border. Of the 99,946 NG members deployed in Mexico, 15,822 are in the border states with the United States, and 9,298 in southern border states.

In a morning conference, Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported the deployment of more members of the National Guard to the southern border, following the end of Title 42 in the United States. “We made the decision, but they are instructed not to use force. We decided that it is pending to avoid provocations”, he said on Thursday.

López Obrador did not specify the number of members that will arrive, but he did detail that their function will be to control the passage of people without using violence and also avoiding provocations. “We are helping in the southeast to protect migrants. We have been receiving information that there are many “polleros”, more than usual, many people traffickers.”


It should be noted, the Fray Matías Human Rights Center (CDH Fray Matías) shared on social networks, that in 2021, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) registered 504 accumulated complaints against the National Guard. These complaints were for arbitrary detentions, violations of the rights of migrants, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, torture, deprivation of life and forced disappearances. In June 2019, elements of both the NG and the National Institute of Migration (INM) tortured migrant men detained at the Siglo XX Migration Station located in Tapachula, Chiapas. While in January 2020, they attacked migrants at the border with stones, batons and shields to prevent their passage to Suchiate. By 2021, in the month of August, there were containment operations at night with riot gear by elements of the NG, INM and the Army on the highway to Huixtla.

Original article by Andrés Dominguez at

Translated by Schools for Chiapas.

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