Authorities in central Mexico made a disturbing discovery tonight as they found 123 migrants trapped in an abandoned trailer off the highway. Among those rescued were 34 children from different countries.
A multi-agency response team, including federal authorities, had to join forces to rescue all 123 migrants. At this time, no arrests have been made in relation to this case. Immigration authorities stated that the locked trailer was found after an anonymous caller reported hearing cries coming from within. Most of the migrants originated from Central American countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
This discovery serves as a harrowing reminder of the perils migrants face when traveling to the US-Mexico border. Yesterday, a group of 3,000 migrants blocked a major highway in southern Mexico, demanding transit visas to reach the southern US border.
These permits would enable migrants to purchase bus tickets and avoid the dangers of walking or using smugglers. These protesters are part of a caravan of up to 5,000 people that has been making its way north through Mexico. However, even north of the US border, dangers persist. On Wednesday, eight people were killed in Batesville, Texas, when a suspected human smuggler crashed while fleeing from authorities.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, several of the deceased were from Honduras. Mexican authorities are facing pressure to protect the thousands-strong caravan as it approaches the US-Mexico border in the coming weeks.
This influx of migrants is likely to overwhelm US border officials once again, as has happened in the past..