U.S. officials are planning to send some immigrants held at Mexico’s Ellis Island detention center to a small city in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a move aimed at curbing the flow of Central American immigrants to the United States.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it plans to send 10 to 12 men and women from the U.K. and other countries to a city in Guerrero, where they will live and work under the supervision of local officials, The Associated Press reported.
The migrants are being housed at a state-run detention center called Cidade El Estado, which is in the northern region of Guerrero.
Mexico’s National Action Party, which governs Guerrero, is the main opposition party in the lower house of Congress.
The announcement came after Trump’s administration signed an executive order on immigration that temporarily suspended deportations of undocumented immigrants from seven Central American nations, including Mexico.
It also ordered the closure of all of the border crossings with the U,D., and N.J. to curb the flow.