In Mexico, since 2015, the US State Department has spent $58.5 million dollars through the Mérida Initiative, an initiative that was first put into motion by former US President George W Bush and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Part of this money was used to construct a secure communications network in the southern border region of Mexico and money from the initiative is currently being used to support biometric data collection that is compatible with US databases.   The State Department has provided $24 million of equipment and training for the National Institute of Migration (INAMI) in the Southern border region and obligated $75 million more. With this funding, INAMI have increased immigration enforcement along known migrant routes to the praise of past US administrations. However, under the Trump administration, the threat of increased tariffs on Mexican goods forced the government to begin carrying out even harsher crackdowns on migrant flows at the Mexico/Guatemala border.