Mexico detains more than 1,600 migrants from 38 countries in one day

This occurs in the middle of AMLO’s tour of Central America, where he has traveled to address migration with his counterparts.

The Mexican government intercepted 1,608 migrants from 38 countries in a period of just one day in different operations, as reported this Sunday (05/08/2022) by the National Migration Institute (INM).

The government agency asserted that it “rescued” all these people on May 6, “with which they were prevented from being victims of crimes and violations of their human rights during their transit through Mexican territory.”

“Of this total, 1,398 are elderly people (424 women and 974 men) and 210 minors (82 women and 128 men), who remained under the guardianship and protection of the System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) in the entity in which they were rescued,” he said in a statement.

Most of the migrants are from Central and South America, with 357 from Guatemala, 296 from Honduras, 195 from Colombia, 189 from Cuba, 113 from Nicaragua, 96 from El Salvador, 60 from Peru, 56 from Brazil and 55 from Venezuela. .

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However, there are also 29 from the African country Comoros, 19 from Haiti, 16 from both the United States and Ethiopia, 14 from the Philippines, 13 from France, and 11 from Ecuador and also Turkey. While from Angola there are 8; Bolivia and North Macedonia, 7, respectively; India, 6; Bangladeshi, 5; Chinese, 4; Lesotho, 4; Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3; and closing with Spain, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Senegal and Guinea, 2 migrants for each country.

There is also one person -respectively- from Romania, Georgia, Belize, Togo, Belarus, Cameroon, United Kingdom and Ivory Coast. The INM – which depends on the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) – did not clarify what were the reasons why it “rescued” or captured these groups of migrants, nor did it specify whether they are regularly in the country.

Most of the “rescues”, 374, occurred in Chiapas, a state bordering Guatemala, followed by northern Baja California, 262, and Nuevo León, 199. There were also operations in Mexico City, 168; Tabasco, 152; Coahuila, 111; Tamaulipas, 97; Veracruz, 50; San Luis Potosi, 47; Quintana Roo, 26; Sound, 22; Oaxaca, 20; Puebla, 18; Chihuahua, 18; Durango, 17; Tlaxcala, 8; Yucatan, 6; Jalisco, 5; Zacatecas, 5; Sinaloa, 2 and Colima, 1, according to the source.

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In the operations with federal, state and municipal authorities, four vehicles were seized and made available to the Public Ministry (MP) in the state of Tamaulipas and one in Tlaxcala. “Likewise, four likely responsible for committing a crime in Tamaulipas, in addition, an intervention was carried out on the railway in Coahuila and a safe house in San Luis Potosí was reviewed,” the INM indicated.

The events occur in the middle of the tour that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is making to Central America, where he has traveled from May 5 to 8 to address migration with his counterparts.

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