Immigration Issue Heats Up in Mexico

Mexico City, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The immigration issue has heated up again in Mexico with the discovery of two trucks carrying over 500 undocumented Central Americans and others and repeated accusations of corruption in the National Migration Institute.

On Tuesday, it was reported that 513 illegal immigrants were intercepted in the southern state of Chiapas, most of them of Central American nations but also from India, China and Japan.

The first operation was reported in Corzo municipality, where two alleged human traffickers were arrested after their truck was found to be carrying 240 hidden immigrants when security agents searched it using X-ray equipment.

Another load of 273 people was detected at a checkpoint of the Tuxtla Gutierrez-La Angostura border crossing, and the drivers were arrested.

In both cases, authorities reported that the immigrants were traveling in sub-human conditions.

According to government attorneys, the two groups included 32 women and four minors, and each immigrant had to 7,000 USD to the smugglers, known as coyotes once in the United States.

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