Mexico Rescues 130 Guatemalan Migrants from Cargo Truck
Mexican authorities on Monday, June 26, rescued 130 Guatemalan migrants crammed inside an extremely overcrowded cargo truck in the eastern state of Veracruz.
Among the rescued were 19 unaccompanied minors, 12 families consisting of 28 individuals and 67 men and 16 women who were traveling on their own, said the National Migration Institute (INM) in a statement.
Authorities rescued the migrants in the city of Cordoba, along the highway leading to the town of Boca del Rio, after federal immigration agents noticed the “suspicious behavior” of the truck’s driver and his companion as they barreled through a stop sign.
INM agents, aided by Veracruz State Police and local police officers, arrested the two suspects and discovered “a massive group of people traveling in poor condition” inside the vehicle.
The migrants were taken to the Acayucan immigration station, where they underwent a comprehensive medical examination, received nourishment and had their immigration status evaluated, said the agency.
Such rescues and arrests are frequent in Mexico, which lies along the migrant route connecting Central America to the United States.
According to official figures, Mexico deported or repatriated over 106,000 migrants in 2022.