Mexican security forces discovered two trucks with 349 migrants from Central America on Monday.
The first incident took place Monday before dawn when state cops patrolling a stretch of the Raudales-Ocozocoautla highway in the Veracruz city of Las Choapas came across an abandoned trailer after it had encountered a mechanical problem and its driver disappeared, leaving 233 men and women trapped inside.
At least 191 of the migrants were natives of Guatemala while 19 were from Honduras, 11 were from El Salvador and an additional 11 were Nicaraguan nationals. There was also one person from Belize.
All of the migrants were provided medical attention and placed in custody of the National Institute of Migration for processing.
Mexican authorities provide assistance to some of the 116 Central American migrants who were discovered inside a truck in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday hours after the military found 233 migrants, mostly from Guatemala, abandoned inside a tractor trailer on a highway in Veracruz
A Central American migrant steps out of a tractor trailer that was left abandoned on a highway in Veracruz, Mexico, on Monday morning after it reportedly encountered mechanical problems
Later in the day, members of the National Guard stationed in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, were investigating a driver for operating a truck without license plates and upon his consent for an inspection, found 116 Central American migrants crammed inside.
The majority of the migrants were from Guatemala.
The servicemen arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of the state attorney general’s office.
None of the migrants found in both trucks presented medical problems.
Authorities did not say how long the migrants had been in the country, but Mexican online portal La Silla Rota reported that the Central Americans had crossed into the country via a method known as the ‘ant way’ in which migrants enter Mexico in small groups to avoid being detected.
Authorities in Chiapas, Mexico, look on as some of the 116 migrants found hiding inside a truck come out after it was stopped by the National Guard on a highway Monday morning because the vehicle did not have its license plates
Mexican security forces watch over some of the 233 migrants from Central America who were found inside an abandoned tractor trailer on a highway in the Gulf state of Veracruz on Monday
It was the third massive discovery of migrants inside a truck since Saturday when the Mexican military stopped a driver at a checkpoint in the northeastern state of Nuevo León and heard loud noises coming from the trailer box before finding 103 Central American migrants and another five from Honduras sitting in the cabin.
Despite warnings from the United States government and their Mexican counterparts, migrants from Central American countries continue to put their lives at risk in hopes of securing entry across the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
President Joe Biden is expected this week to unveil a bill that will provide a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.
The ‘U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021‘ will reflect Biden’s priorities on the issue, including expanding the refugee resettlement program and deploying more technology to the Southern border.
It provides an immediate pathway to citizenship for farmworkers, DACA recipients, and Temporary Protected Status holders.
There is also an eight-year path to citizenship for others, which includes a five-year path to a green card and a three-year path to citizenship after background checks and other steps.
Migrants from Central America await next to a tractor trailer they were abandoned in on Monday morning in Veracruz, Mexico
Trash was found littered throughout the interior section of a truck were 116 migrants were found crammed together Monday in Chiapas, Mexico
Biden is also slated to allow asylum seekers in Mexico to enter the United States as early as Friday after he terminated former President Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy that forced migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases were reviewed.
There are currently about 25,000 asylum cases waiting to be heard in U.S. courts, where at least 85% of the petitions filed by Central American have been turned down.
Two border crossings located in the Texas cities of Brownsville and El Paso, and another in San Ysidro, California, will process close to 300 asylum cases per day under Biden’s immigration reform plan.
Central American migrants are guarded after they were discovered abandoned in a tractor trailer
Some 70,000 asylum-seekers were placed in the ‘Remain in Mexico’ or Migrant Protection Protocols program after it was introduced in January 2019 by the Trump administration as a way to curve the arrival of migrants at the southern border.
One of the execution orders signed by Biden on his first day in the White House ordered the Homeland Security Department to do away with the policy for new arrivals.
With the termination of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, immigration officials have released some migrants seeking asylum at the border by providing them with court notices.