Mexico’s Interior Ministry says it has issued new travel restrictions, including banning all commercial and private travel, to the U.S. and Canada for up to three months.
The ministry says travelers must now make at least two separate visits to Mexico for a permit to enter the U: the U’s border with Mexico and the U-S.
border with Canada.
The move comes as President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration has faced criticism for a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, seeks to address the growing flow of immigrants entering the country illegally.
The move comes after Peña called for a surge in border security during a visit to Mexico City on Wednesday.
He also announced a new $1.2 billion plan to build a wall along the border with the U., with construction expected to start in 2019.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday that the government is also taking steps to stop Mexican nationals from entering the U with a valid visa and the purchase of a residence permit.
He said there is a “serious threat of infiltration.”
The new restrictions are the first since President Peña took office in December, and he has not yet released detailed plans for the crackdown.
The Interior Ministry also says it is halting all tourist travel to Mexico.
In addition, the ministry says it will suspend all private and public transport between the U and Mexico City, except for buses.
Mexico is one of the most lucrative destinations for Mexican citizens seeking to enter U.T.O. countries for economic or social reasons.
Since Peña became president in December 2015, more than 880,000 Mexicans have been approved for U.N. refugee status.