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Mexico says 'maquila' plants to offer migrants 40,000 jobs

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during an event with El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele, not in picture, at a military natur...
In this June 24, 2019 photo, migrants wait for the departure of a northbound freight train, in Palenque, Mexico. The Mexican crackdown on migrants pro...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during an event with El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele, not in picture, at a military natur...

In this June 24, 2019 photo, migrants wait for the departure of a northbound freight train, in Palenque, Mexico. The Mexican crackdown on migrants pro...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his country's "maquila" assembly plants are offering to give 40,000 jobs to Central American migrants.

Tens of thousands of migrants who hoped to reach the United States are stuck in Mexico. Many have been sent back to await court dates on their U.S. asylum claims.

And Mexico has also stepped up raids on trains, buses and motels, to stop the migrants from moving north.

Lopez Obrador said Friday "we prefer to keep them (migrants) in the south" of Mexico" because "we have more ability to care for them there."

But many are in northern Mexico and need work. Lopez Obrador said an agreement would be signed soon to offer them 40,000 jobs at assembly plants, many located in northern border states.