VIDEO: Mexican Feds Detain 500 Central American Migrants in Tractor Trailers

Sunday, June 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

16 Jun 2019

Mexican authorities detained a group of approximately 500 Central American migrants in the coastal state of Veracruz. Smugglers stuffed the migrants inside four tractor-trailers and were attempting to transport them from the southern part of Mexico to the U.S. border.

Francisco Garduno, the new head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) announced the operation. According to Garduno, the four drivers vehicles were turned over to Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office. His agency took custody of the migrants and moved them to a station in the town of Acayucan, Veracruz.

A series of videos of the moment when the migrants are released from the trailer were shared by journalist David De La Paz.

The detentions were carried out in two separate events along the same highway that connects the town of La Tinaja with Acayucan in the central part of the coastal state. The area where the operation took place is near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec — the area that represents the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. That area has become one of the key pieces of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s immigration enforcement plan. The president deployed federal officers in this region in an attempt to contain the growing number of migrants looking to reach the Texas border.

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