The Mexican government vowed on Tuesday to improve the way it treats and handles illegal immigrants who typically enter Mexico by crossing it's southern border from Central America.
The government said it would end the policy of using jail cells as holding centers for illegal immigrants.
The government also acknowledged that many of it's officials are bribed by human smugglers, immigrants face abuse from corrupt police and by violent gangs who assault and rob them.
Addressing concerns from the United states, Mexican President Felipe Calderon also has promised to strengthen security on Mexico's southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants — the majority of whom use Mexico as a way station to the United States — and crack down on criminals, especially drug traffickers.
Immigrants in Mexico without proper documentation are considered criminals.