105 Mexican Immigration Agents Linked to Corruption

Jan 14, 2022
2:05 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Felix Marquez

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s immigration agency said Thursday that 105 of its agents have been reported to the internal affairs office for allegedly corrupt behavior.

The National Immigration Institute did not describe the purported wrongdoing, but said it was combatting extortion, such as border agents demanding bribes to allow people to enter the country.

A sample of such corruption was on display January 6, when a group of Venezuelan migrants landed at the Mexico City airport.

The National Immigration Institute said that when the migrants lined up at immigration checkpoints, an agent reported that each one had a $100 bill tucked into their passport.

The Venezuelans said they had put the bills in the passports by mistake. They did not have the proper papers to enter Mexico, and were sent back to their country.

Mexico said earlier this month it will begin requiring travel visas for Venezuelans starting January 21, after a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach the U.S. border.