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largely stanching the flow of migrants. From 2014 through July 2016, with American prodding, the Mexicans detained approximately 425,000 migrants who were attempting to make their way to the United States.
If Mexico were to conclude that there is little upside to its expensive efforts, the U.S. could find itself facing a genuine immigration crisis.
These scenarios may seem unimaginably distant, especially under current political circumstances.
The initiative was launched in 2007, and since then Congress has appropriated $2.3 billion to fund the initiative. There are “four pillars” to the program: “disrupting the operational capacity of organized crime,” institutionalizing reforms to sustain the rule of law and respect for human rights in Mexico,” “creating a 21st border,” and “building strong and resilient communities.”
Obama has called this proposal “half-baked.” “This is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption,” Obama has said.