A total of 69 migrants from Central American and Caribbean countries, who were traveling crammed into a truck, were detained in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, according to information on Thursday from the National Migration Institute (INM).
In a statement, the INM reported that on the Córdoba-Veracruz federal highway it detected the vehicle in which the foreigners were traveling in overcrowded conditions.
In reviewing it, the immigration agents detected that the migrants were traveling without documents proving what they call their legal transit through Mexican territory.
@INAMI_mx detected a tractor-trailer in which 69 foreigners were traveling in overcrowded conditions at Km 14 of the Córdoba-Veracruz federal highway, when crossing the Cuitláhuac toll booth. The driver and assistant were placed at the disposal of the FGR. pic.twitter.com/RhccPSSO42
— INM (@INAMI_mx)
January 14, 2022
The driver and his assistant were at the disposal of the authorities of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and could face charges of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, and also this Thursday, several dozen Haitian migrants held their third day of protests in Mexico City demanding that the Mexican authorities regularize their situation, which led to a confrontation with police agents.
The protest occurred in front of the building of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (Comar). The migrants asked to be cared for by a representative of the institution and also of the INM.
The Central American and Caribbean region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection Office detected more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants on the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.
For its part, Mexico has intercepted more than 252,000 undocumented migrants from January to November and deported more than 100,000 in the same period, according to the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Interior Ministry.