Mexican police detained two suspected human traffickers and over 60 undocumented immigrants, from other Central American countries, in a bus traveling on a highway in Tamaulipas Saturday.
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The undocumented immigrants were discovered when federal police pulled over vehicles for speeding infractions following which the officials were informed that the group was headed “to an alleged spiritual retreat” in Monterrey.
"The Federal Police, through elements of the Regional Security Division in Tamaulipas, arrested two people who were transporting 61 migrants from Central America to the north of the country on a passenger bus," the National Security Commission said in a release.
National Institute of Migration (INM) agents were summoned to verify the documents of the occupants of the bus. The travelers were held after the authorities found they were not in possession of the requisition paperwork to stay legally in Mexico.
The detainees were then transferred to an INM facility “to receive consular assistance for their subsequent assisted return,” according to a statement from the National Security Commission of Mexico.
The group, which included almost two dozen minors, is primarily comprised of Hondurans and Guatemalans. Undocumented immigrants are usually crammed into delivery trucks and are vulnerable to severe weather and health conditions or subjected to extortion.
Hundreds of Central Americans, heading to the U.S. border, have been detained by Mexican authorities since the start of 2018.
Contrastingly, some 500 men, women and children from the “Viacrucis Migrante 2018 (Migrant’s Way of the Cross)” caravan boarded a scrap metal train in Tultitlan, Mexico Saturday heading to the north of the country.