INM agents located the migrants after finding dozens of suitcases in different hotel rooms
Mexican authorities found 70 migrants hiding in a water well and in the engine room of a hotel in Oaxaca, the National Migration Institute (INM) reported Wednesday, April 6th.
In a statement, the INM reported that, as part of an immigration review, INM agents “found dozens of suitcases and backpacks with clothes in various hotel rooms, but without the presence of the owners .”
After that, the migration agents carried out a broader and more detailed review of the entire property.
After a few minutes, they heard whispers that led to the location of 27 men and 25 women from Cuba; 12 men and 2 women from Nicaragua, and one man from Venezuela.
In addition to two adult women and a minor of Cuban nationality in the family nucleus.
In the search, the State Police, which supported the INM agents, arrested and presented a Mexican person to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) for the possible crime of illegal human trafficking.
Despite the tightening of surveillance on the southern border of Mexico, in recent years, thousands of migrants from Central America, but also from Cuba, Haiti, and various South American, African, and Asian countries, enter Mexican territory with the aim of reaching the border with the United States.
Human traffickers look for routes for foreigners and sometimes they use hotels, motels, or bus stations in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla, and the State of Mexico as an intermediate stop on their journey to the United States.
The region is experiencing a record flow of migrants to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants on the border with Mexico in the fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.
Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021, according to data from the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Ministry of the Interior.
In addition, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Comar) received a record 131,448 refugee applications in 2021.
Source: El Financiero