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Juarez trying to reinforce safety, security during migrant lag

JUAREZ, Chihuahua (KVIA) -- Juarez Mayor Cruz Pérez Cuéllar announced this week that his administration will be reinforcing security through new technology, including possibly purchasing more cars for the Juarez Secretary of Public Safety.

During a press conference, Pérez Cuéllar said that more than 400 million Mexican pesos have been invested in security. He highlighted new video surveillance cameras that have led to some important arrests.

The mayor believes now is the time to spend money on security, as the migrant crisis has recently subsided in intensity.

The mayor highlighted the fact that a caravan of 5,000 people was heading towards Juárez, but has since been dispersed in a different part of Mexico.

"We know that it continues to advance, but it dispersed in Chiapas... All the information we have is that they are going to disperse and we do not know what direction they are going to take but it is almost impossible for everyone to come here," Mayor Pérez Cuéllar said.

Currently, the city's migrant shelter Enrique “Kiki” Romero is at 40% capacity, while the temporary shelter located on David Herrera Jordán and Moctezuma Streets has around 100 people.

“There is no type of saturation in the city and it is not expected. I can say that in the next 10 days, we do not foresee a massive arrival,” he added.

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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