Dream shattered: Mexican security forces find 110 migrants inside a closed tractor-trailer that was just four and a half hours from reaching the US border
- 110 migrants from Central and South America were found inside a tractor-trailer in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León
- The truck driver was arrested near a toll station in the town of Galeana -located about four and a half hours from the border with the United States-
- Immigration agents and local police heard voices coming from the closed container and helped the group out.
- Two unaccompanied children were identified among the migrants and are being cared for by the local center of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family.
A group of 110 migrants from Central and South America was found inside a trailer heading toward the US-Mexico border.
The security forces were discovered Thursday during a checkpoint on Federal Highway 57 in Galeana, a municipality in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León.
Immigration agents and municipal police officers told the driver to stop near a toll to carry out the inspection when they heard voices emanating from the cargo container, the National Migration Institute reported in a statement.
Video released by the agency showed the migrants sitting and standing next to each other inside the cargo box before being escorted out.
Security forces in Mexico found 110 migrants hiding inside a truck trailer that was detained Thursday near a toll station on a highway in Galeana, a city in Mexico’s northeastern state of Nuevo León.
A total of 96 Guatemalans, seven Ecuadorians, five Salvadorans and two Hondurans were discovered inside a truck trailer Thursday in Galeana, Mexico.
The group was made up of 96 Guatemalans, seven Ecuadorians, five Salvadorans and two Hondurans.
At least two children were traveling without their parents. They were placed at the disposal of Nuevo León of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family.
The single adult migrants, as well as 10 family units, were transferred to the state’s National Migration Institute center for processing.
Mexico’s National Migration Institute said there were two unaccompanied children traveling in the group of 110 migrants from Central and South America who were being smuggled across the US-Mexico border.
According to Mexico’s National Migration Institute, there were 10 family units within the group of 110 migrants who were discovered locked inside a trailer that was four and a half hours from reaching the northern border area of the counter with the United States.
The latest crackdown on migrant smuggling to the US-Mexico border follows the release of a monthly report from US Customs and Border Protection October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.
At least 1.73 million migrant interdictions were documented in fiscal year 2021.
According to data released in August by the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico, at least 77,498 foreigners have been intercepted in a situation of smuggling by criminal organizations between 2018 and 2022.
So far in 2022, 19,723 migrants have been rescued after 28,804 were found last year.
At least 2,286 people linked to migrant smuggling have been prosecuted since December 1, 2018, the start of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.