Mexican authorities have intercepted 652 migrants while they were circulating, crowded and without ventilation, in three trucks through Ciudad Victoria, in the state of Tamaulipas, authorities reported this Friday.
As reported by the Ministry of the Interior, federal immigration agents requested gamma rays when they noticed the noises inside the containers with double boxes, exposing what looked like hundreds of silhouettes of people in the three trailers.
Indeed, crowded, without ventilation, no water, or food were 652 migrants of which 349 were minors distributed in six refrigerated containers. The biggest tragedy is that 198 are girls and boys who were absolutely alone. Much of the group of migrants are from Guatemala with 564 people. And the thing is, except for one Brazilian, all the others come from Central America: 39 from Honduras, 28 from Nicaragua and 20 from El Salvador. The National Guard transferred the group to the Ministry of Public Security for their attention.
The Mexican army detained four alleged perpetrators of the crime of human trafficking. The trucks came from Puebla, in central Mexico, located southeast of Mexico City and headed north to Monterrey, probably as a temporary stop on their way to the United States. The Government of Guatemala has sent a statement explaining that its nationals, most of those discovered, will be flown to Tapachula, in the southwest of Mexico, to be returned to their country of origin.
This discovery inside the containers, which led more than 600 migrants to almost certain death, joins the almost 100,000 asylum applications registered from January to September by COMAR, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid.
Expulsion of 54,000 migrants
Mexican authorities keep 28,395 customs personnel between the northern and southern borders who have expelled 54,000 migrants in total, according to the report provided by José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch for Latin America. And it is that the finding of this large group coincides with the bilateral meeting on security between the Government of Mexico and the Biden Administration with the presence of Mexican President López Obrador, his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, together with the person in charge of the American national security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
In Mexico City, the High Level Security Dialogue has been held with migration as a central issue together with cross-border crime, treating drug use as a public health problem and granting legal certainty to Justice. Ending “trafficking in drugs, arms, people, wild fauna and flora, as well as human trafficking” is established as a priority at the beginning of 2022, when the 200 years of bilateral relations between the two nations are completed.