Along the cocaine corridor that cuts north out of Central America, drug cartels are no longer the primary targets for Mexican police.
Migrants – many young men, mothers and children – are the nation’s new persons of interest.
An unprecedented number of Central Americans have been rounded up, arrested and deported by Mexican authorities over the last two years, part of a new crackdown on migration along the country’s southern border.
The result has effectively outsourced a solution to the United States’ most pressing concerns for its own borders. As deportations in Mexico rose, illegal border crossings in the U.S. dipped.