How Illegal Immigrants Are End-Running Mexico’s Vaunted National Guard Cordon

By Todd Bensman | Center for Immigration Studies

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — With virtual diplomacyan in-person delegation, and taxpayer cash, President Joe Biden has tried to induce Mexico to halt a fast-rising flood of immigration across its southern border as a means to ease the mounting mass-migration crisis on the U.S. southern border.

But the strategic linchpin upon which the administration has put all its betting chips — the continued deployment of nearly 9,000 Mexican national guard troops along the Guatemala border and at 50 road checkpoints throughout southern Mexico — is proving systemically beatable. The evidence can be found in the thousands of people now staging for U.S. entries from northern Mexican cities like Acuna, who obviously bypassed the national guard.