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Mexico: far fewer people disappeared than feared

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013

Osorio Chong responded to those doubts by saying "we don't make up statistics," and offered to arrange a meeting between reporters and experts who compiled the death tolls, to discuss the methodology used.

He also said Mexico had requested changes both in the way it shares intelligence with the United States, and the way the U.S. deports migrants. Mexico has requested the United States no longer just dump migrants at the border, but rather advise Mexico about who is being deported, and in some cases arrange for "interior deportation," flying deportees to their home cities rather than releasing them in border towns where they could be targets for recruitment by drug gangs.

"If you send people back, at least give me minimal information to know who you're deporting, and send them where I ask you to," said Osorio Chong. He said that if they're simply dumped at the border, "the drug cartels are going to grab them. They (the migrants) are going to try to cross again, or they're going to join organized crime."

The interior minister also defended Mexico's new policy of channeling all cross-border intelligence sharing through a single office, rather than allowing each Mexican agency to communicate with its U.S. counterpart, as in the past.

Osorio Chong said the previous policy had encouraged organizational infighting in the Mexican government. "It looked like a big dispute, with agencies fighting among themselves."

"Now, we are being more effective than ever, the United States has more information than it did before," he said. "Ask them. Ask them if we're not being faster, more agile in information sharing."

The U.S. embassy had no immediate response to the interior minister's statements.