Sunday, January 07, 2007

Mexico moves to protect illegal immigrants

Mexicans planning to cross the border into the United States will be issued with satellite tracking devices by their Government to make sure they arrive safely.

It is estimated more than 1 million people cross the border illegally into the US each year.

How many of them die in the dangerous four-day trip across the desert is not known but it is believed to be in the hundreds.

Now, those who get lost or fall behind will activate a hand-held satellite device, alerting frontier police on either side of the border.

Mexican authorities expect to hand out about 200,000 devices in the coming year.

It is the latest development in an issue currently straining US-Mexican relations.

In October, US President George W Bush signed off on legislation to fence about a third of the border, a move that was condemned by Mexico.

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