More than 600 immigrants found hidden in two trailers in Mexico

More than 400 Guatemalans and 200 Hondurans put in trucks on journey from Texas to Mexico Mexican authorities have found more than 600 migrants hidden in two trailers on a road near the Gulf…

More than 600 immigrants found hidden in two trailers in Mexico

More than 400 Guatemalans and 200 Hondurans put in trucks on journey from Texas to Mexico

Mexican authorities have found more than 600 migrants hidden in two trailers on a road near the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, which saw the capture of hundreds of other immigrants last month.

The migrants, from Guatemala and Honduras, were put in the trucks on Sunday night and taken to a shelter in the city of Veracruz, Mexico’s national security commissioner, Alfonso Durazo, said. There were 403 Guatemalans and 169 Hondurans in the trucks.

Hundreds of migrants have been packed into trucks and buses along the border with Mexico since the end of August, crossing the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz and Tamaulipas to reach the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The migrants told officials in Ciudad Acuña, an international border crossing with Tamaulipas, that they were seeking asylum in Mexico.

Most of the migrants have been Mexican, but more than 300 were Guatemalan and 34 were Honduran. Police have broken up at least 13 smuggling networks trying to bring the immigrants into Mexico in recent weeks.

A Mexican migration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a lack of authorization to speak to the press, said officials had captured 1,100 immigrants on the border this year, most of them women and children who were trying to cross illegally. It was the first time that more than 400 men had been found in the same region.

After a man set himself on fire on the US-Mexico border to protest in June, more than half of the 33 bodies found in the area belonged to Central Americans. More than half of them were from Guatemala.

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