Tue Mar 5, 2019 AT 10:16 AM EST
Thousands of primarily Central American migrants who traveled to Mexico with the intent of making it to the United States have instead chosen to return home in 2019, according to local media.
Since Jan. 1, roughly 11,600 migrants who got to Mexico asked the government’s National Institute of Migration (INM) and the United Nations migration agency to help them get back home.
The numbers are notable as the Trump administration periodically plays up threats posed by Central American migrants coming through Mexico. President Donald Trump and supporters contend the would-be U.S. residents are a public safety and health hazard, while critics blast Trump administration detention and deterrence policies. Read Full Story at the Washington Examiner