Mexican authorities find 600 migrants hiding in two trailers in Veracruz |
(CNN) – Mexican authorities reported finding some 600 migrants hiding in two trailers crossing the state of Veracruz on Friday, according to the country’s National Migration Institute (INM).
In a statement, the migration agency said it found 145 women and 455 men in closed cars heading north towards the US border.
A substantial majority of migrants – around 400 people – come from neighboring Guatemala, while a significant number also come from Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh.
A total of 12 countries are represented in the migrant profiles, with El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Ghana, India and Cameroon making up the remainder.
The INM said it had started treating people and would notify child protection agencies in cases of unaccompanied minors and families, then decide whether to return them to their home country or give them the possibility of staying in Mexico via a regularization procedure. .
In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 212,672 people attempting to cross the border between Mexico and the United States – the highest number of border arrests in two decades.
Between October 2020 and June 2021, more than one million migrants were arrested at the border. The crisis prompted the United States to broadcast radio commercials in Central America in an attempt to deter people from migrating.
In fiscal year 2021, 557 deaths were recorded by the U.S. Border Patrol – the highest number since records began and a significant increase from 254 deaths in 2020.
Migration is very common in Central American countries like Honduras, where storms, violence, corruption, food insecurity and lack of economic opportunities have left many people with no other choice.
Elsewhere in Latin America, a crackdown on immigration policies accompanied by an exodus of Venezuelans and large numbers of Haitians moving across the continent has led to a migration crisis in the region.
In mid-2020, international migrants represented 2.6% of South America’s total population, a significant increase from less than 1% recorded in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration ( IOM).
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CNN’s Daniela Mohor W. and Jeevan Ravindran contributed to this report.