350 migrants including children are found ‘crowded and dehydrated’ in the back of a truck in Mexico
- Hundreds of migrants were found in Mexico ‘crowded and dehydrated’ in a truck
- They were discovered at a toll booth in between Córdoba and Coatzacoalcos
- The driver was taken into custody by the state attorney general’s office
Hundreds of ‘dehydrated’ migrants, including children, were found crammed into the back of a truck in Mexico after authorities heard their chilling cries.
Their desperate pleas to be saved from being sardined inside the metal prison were answered after the driver of the trailer stopped at a toll booth between the cities Córdoba and Coatzacoalcos in the eastern state of Veracruz.
A gamma-ray device detected the presence of the 350 migrants inside the container with a vast majority from Guatemala. Meanwhile, six were from Ecuador, three were from Honduras and one was from El Salvador.
Minors and those traveling as a family were placed under the guardianship of the state’s System for the Integral Development of the Family, Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) reported.
Shocking video footage reveals the moment the hundreds were freed from the back of the trailer as authorities took the driver and vehicle into custody.
Images of shirtless men, small children being held close by their doting families and hundreds of suitcases and bags were seen scrambling from the truck.
In one picture a shirtless man can be seen clinging to the roof of the truck as two children emerge from the dark tin can.
The videos and images highlight the extremes to which people smuggling within Mexico has heightened as illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border in August increased from the previous month to about 177,000, the New York Times reported.
‘Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,’ said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.
He said teams are ‘working around the clock to secure the border and safely and humanely process and vet every individual.’
‘But those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal,’ he said.
‘More individuals encountered at the border without a legal basis to remain will be expelled or removed this year than any prior year.’
The preliminary data released to the outlet highlights the Biden administration’s most prominent immigration challenge since rolling out its new border policies in Spring.
There were about 91,000 migrants who crossed as families which exceeded the 84,486 such crossings recording in May 2019 at the height of the border crisis during the Trump administration.
There was a noticeable dip in June after the expiration of Title 42, a pandemic era measure that allowed Biden to rapidly expel migrants.
But the drop was temporary with illegal crossings increasing by 33 percent between June and July and went up another 33 percent in August.