In a single day, the National Institute of Migration (INM) secured more than 2,000 Central American migrant women, men and minors in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
Federal INM agents moved migrants to their stations with support from National Guard elements in order to provide them with housing, water, food and basic health care.
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According to the Institute, at least 1,300 of the detained migrants were found in Tabasco and about 800 in Chiapas.
In a statement, the INM detailed that the more than 2,000 insured persons entered Mexico irregularly so that in the coming hours their legal status and, where appropriate, the assisted return to their country of origin will be determined.
With regard to minors, state attorneys’ office for the protection of children and adolescents was notified to take care of the local System for Integral Family Development (DIF).
At the moment it is known that the majority of rescued migrants are from Honduras.
The INM noted that the location of more than 2,000 people was thanks to ground inspections in both states, in which technology equipped with night vision is used.
This arrest occurs after it was reported last Monday that around 500 people of Central American origin, mostly from Honduras, entered Mexican territory irregularly. On the same day, the INM reported that 402 migrants had been detained.
The immigration authority also reported that 58 other migrants «entered unsafe roads in the region’s jungle area,» so «elements of the INM Beta Groups are in search of them.»
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Migrants arrested on Monday were transferred to the immigration station of La Mosca, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, where the INM prevented access to three members of the Human Rights Observation and Monitoring Collective of Southeast Mexico who have permission to visit the detention center.
At the time, the INM has reported that of the detained migrants, 228 were already deported to Honduras from Villahermosa, Tabasco. However, there are no exact figures on how many people have been arrested and transferred in recent days to La Mosca.
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