Police in northern Mexico found more than 600 Central American migrants hiding in three tall cargo trucks headed for the United States late Thursday, one of the largest rounds of US-bound migrants in years by Mexican authorities .
Videos released by police show officers unlocking the back door of a truck and pulling it open only to find migrants in heavy coats and hoods locked together on the floor, almost all of them face to face. Wearing masks.
Police said in a statement that about 200 of the 652 migrants found in non-described white refrigerated trucks were children and teenagers.
The recent surge of Haitians seeking entry into the United States, along with waves of mostly Central American immigrants, has frustrated both US and Mexican leaders who are trying to stem the massive human influx from poverty, violence and natural disasters into their home countries. determined to reduce.
A security source told Reuters that the migrants found in the trucks were about 90% Guatemalans and were taken to a migrant center near Tamaulipas where their legal status would be reviewed. The source said a migrant from Honduran, Salvadoran, Nicaragua and Belize was also among those processed.
The migrants were given a COVID-19 test on Friday and at least nine came back positive, though most have only mild symptoms, officials said.
The trucks were pulled over a highway in the northern Gulf Coast state of Tamaulipas, about 220 miles (350 km) south of McAllen, Texas, and were accused of drug gangs near the sites of several gruesome migrant massacres in recent years. Who was hottie over fight. Trafficking routes in the United States.
Four other persons were arrested by police, but it was not clear whether they were suspected of being trafficked.
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