in a statement
, the immigration agency said they discovered 145 women and 455 men in closed wagons heading north toward the US border.
A substantial majority of the migrants, around 400 people, come from neighboring Guatemala, while a significant number also come from Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh.
Twelve countries in total are represented in the profiles of the migrants, with El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Ghana, India and Cameroon being the rest.
The INM said it had started to process the people and would inform child protection agencies in cases of unaccompanied minors and families, and then decide whether to send them back to their countries of origin or give them the opportunity to stay in Mexico. through a regularization procedure. .
In July, US Customs and Border Protection detained 212,672 people trying to cross the US-Mexico border, the most arrests at the border in two decades.
Between October 2020 and June 2021, more than 1 million migrants were arrested at the border. The crisis has prompted the United States to run radio spots in Central America to try to dissuade people from migration.
In fiscal year 2021, there were 557 deaths recorded by the US Border Patrol, the highest number since records began and a significant increase from 254 deaths in 2020.
Migration is very common from Central American countries like Honduras, where storms, violence, corruption, food insecurity and lack of economic opportunities have left many with no other option.
In other parts of Latin America, the repression of immigration policies accompanied by an exodus of Venezuelans and large numbers of Haitians moving across the continent has caused a migration crisis in the region.
As of mid-2020, international migrants accounted for 2.6% of South America’s total population, a significant increase from the less than 1% recorded in 2015, according to the International migration organization