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Mexico to finish National Guard roll-out for migration plan this week-minister

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Mexico will complete deployment of National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week as part of a new immigration control plan agreed with Washington, foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday.

MEXICO CITY, June 17 (Reuters) - Mexico will complete deployment of National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week as part of a new immigration control plan agreed with Washington, foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday.

"The deployment of the National Guard ordered, with support from the Ministry of Defense and the Navy, will be completed this week," Ebrard told a regular news conference.

Deployment of the guard has been slow so far, but a Reuters reporter near the border this weekend saw a handful of officials wearing National Guard insignia, and spoke to other security personnel who said they were part of the guard.

(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein Editing by Dave Graham)

((hugh.bronstein@thomsonreuters.com; 5411 4318 0655; Reuters Messaging: hugh.bronstein.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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