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    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Sputnik) - Mexico is experiencing an influx of immigrants coming to its southern border, predominantly from Central America, Martha Delgado Peralta, the undersecretary for multilateral affairs and human rights at the Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretariat, told Sputnik.

    "We have increasing numbers of people reaching the [south] borderline and as a matter of fact they are coming in groups, in the past we were not used to receiving many groups of people, and unaccompanied children", Peralta said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

    Peralta added that immigrants were coming mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Venezuela. 

    The statement comes a day after Mexico announced that it would send 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala to respond to the inflow of illegal immigrants wanting to reach the United States, as part of the US-Mexican agreement on immigration measures.

    READ MORE: Over 200 Migrants Found Trapped in House in Mexico Without Food, Water - Reports

    Last week, US President Donald Trump said the United States would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on 10 June and increase the tariffs to 25 percent by October unless Mexico alleviates the illegal immigration crisis. On Friday, the two states reached an agreement on immigration. Trump said that he would "indefinitely suspend" the tariffs following the talks.

    An increasing number of migrants from Central America have been arriving at the US border with Mexico in recent months. Trump has called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a border wall.

    SPIEF is an annual Russian business event held in St. Petersburg since 1997. 


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