MEXICO CITY – Federal Police intercepted a total of 88 undocumented immigrants from Central America in two separate operations, Mexico’s Public Safety Bureau said Friday.
Taken into custody were 44 Hondurans, 35 Guatemalans and nine people from El Salvador, along with two men suspected of having collected fees to shepherd one group of migrants to the U.S. border, the bureau said in a statement.
Sixty-four migrants were apprehended before dawn Thursday near the railroad tracks in the central Mexican town of Tultitlan, where they were planning to hop on a northbound freight train.
Hitching rides on trains is a common – and often dangerous – practice for Central Americans crossing Mexico to reach the United States.
Later Thursday, 24 Guatemalan migrants were discovered hidden inside a freight truck when police stopped the vehicle at a highway checkpoint in the southern state of Oaxaca.
“The agents proceeded to free the undocumented migrants from their overcrowded (compartment) and arrested driver Sebastian Velasco Aguilar, 25, and his companion Javier Garcia Rodriguez, 30, who illegally transported the Central Americans,” the Public Safety Bureau said.
The migrants were turned over to the INM immigration agency for repatriation to their respective homelands, while the accused traffickers are in police custody.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Central Americans enter Mexico with hopes of reaching the United States. EFE