In Mexico, over 100 migrants from Central America, including dozens of minors, were discovered to be crowded inside a sweltering truck without water or food. On Friday, the authorities said that they were en route to the United States.
The migration institute INM of Mexico said that the 136 migrants were from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. They were rescued in the violent southeastern state of Veracruz after spending 24 hours in temperatures that are above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).
Thousands of people from Central America are fleeing poverty and violence in their homelands. They aim to pass through Mexico to the United States each year, usually transported by human traffickers who enslave them to dangerous conditions.
According to a government document that was seen by Reuters, so far, over 800 migrants from Central America have been discovered in various safe houses or truck trailers in Mexico this year.
Border apprehensions collapsed when Donald Trump, the President of the United States, took office in 2017 and promised to stamp out illegal immigration, proposing fewer crossing efforts.However, it has picked up during the past months.
The migrants in Veracruz were found by migration agents and federal police who heard various cries for help from inside the truck, which had already been abandoned near a freeway.
Authorities said that the group included 49 minors, 13 of whom were travelling alone and will be able to receive help to apply for refugee status in Mexico. The adults, as well as the children who were accompanied, will be deported back to their home countries.
Last February, 103 Central Americans, which included 36 minors, were also rescued from an abandoned truck that was discovered in the violent northern state of Tamaulipas, where migrants usually attempt illegal border crossings.
Last July, ten people were found dead after a truck that was stuffed with over 100 migrants from Mexico and Guatemala was abandoned in a parking lot in Texas.