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Why Child Migration To U.S. Slows Down

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(Photo : REUTERS/JORGE DAN LOPEZ) Guatemalan families, deported from Phoenix, Arizona in the U.S., walk at an air force base after arriving on a flight transporting illegal Guatemalan migrants, in Guatemala City, July 22, 2014.

President Obama's decision to send back planeloads of illegal Central American migrants may have succeeded in sending a strong message as there has been a notable decline in the number of new arrivals.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that the move would be a “signal” to illegal Central Americans migrants that they are not allowed to stay in the U.S. territory.

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Reports said thousands of migrants jeopardize their lives by hopping on "The Beast", a network of cargo trains bound north, in Southern Mexico hoping to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.

The south Texas agents said they have detained lesser child migrants in recent weeks compared to the daily average of 200 to 300 detentions last June. Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Kevin Oaks confirmed the decrease of illegal children migrants and said the number has dropped to 80.

According to some reports, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency launched a US$1 million campaign to discourage parents to send their children up north.

The U.S., Mexican and Honduran governments are working together to continuously decrease the number of migration.

Mexican authorities are starting to raid places where migrants attempt to hop on the cargo trains called "La Bestia" or "Death Train", Reuters reported.

It is Mexico’s strategy in cutting off many unaccompanied child migrants that causes pain to U.S. President Barack Obama, locals said.

According to some reports, the White House announced that the number of Central American child migrants crossing the U.S. border is decreasing rapidly.

Mexico's deputy foreign minister Sergio Alcocer said in an interview that there was a 10 to 15 percent drop in the quantity of illegal migrants crossing into southern Mexico in July.

Plans to step up immigration checks and intercepting thousands of migrants riding atop the Bestia are already happening, he added.

Mexico’s southern border plan includes tightening border control by police, immigration officials and customs agents, improving infrastructure, raids, road checkpoints, and implementing the use of visitor permits at the border crossings, Reuters reported.

In return for helping to halt Central American migrants, a Honduran official said Mexican government discussed military aid with the U.S. government.

The U.S. has trained and funded a Honduran special police unit to stop children from migrating out of their origin, reports said.

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