Fox: Mexico has own immigration woes

April 2, 2006 at 7:07 AM

CANCUN, Mexico, April 2 (UPI) -- While assuring the United States he is trying to stem the flow of Mexicans into the country, President Vicente Fox says Mexico has its own border problems.

"We are working in the inner part and in the southern part of the country to stop migration flows that come from Central America that are crossing illegally the southern border of Mexico," Fox said.

Mexico has caught and sent home some 240,000 illegal immigrants in the past year, The Washington Times reported Sunday.

In two days of meetings with U.S. President George Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week, Fox also pledged to reduce border violence and illegal-alien smuggling, and to work to boost jobs so that fewer Mexicans feel the need to leave the country and look for work in the United States.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the Senate Judiciary immigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee, told the newspaper he's heard his Mexican counterparts lament towns devoid of young men and say privately they want those workers to return home, rather than remain in the United States permanently.

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