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Crackdown launched after poor state of Mexico’s northern border with Guatemala highlights vulnerability of immigrants
Mexican authorities have found a total of 600 migrants crammed into two semi-trailers hidden in a secluded hamlet on the southern fringe of the Veracruz state border with Guatemala.
Members of the Veracruz state prosecutors’ office recovered the migrants and the two trailers at the remote Santa Isabel district, near the American border, on Wednesday, according to the state government.
Veracruz has long suffered from the flow of migrants, many of them from Central America.
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Just before sunset on Tuesday, a team of prosecutors carried out spot checks at “more than a dozen” points on the state’s 11,000 miles of border, earning grudging respect from border villagers, said Jorge Durán, governor of Veracruz.
“They’re sensitive to all kinds of crimes that might happen,” he said. “That was one of the people who applauded.”
Baja California Sur state police arrested a Guatemalan and a Honduran last month after they led officials on a high-speed chase to break up a migrants-only camp on the outskirts of Ciudad Victoria, Veracruz’s biggest city.
In late February, six Guatemalans were shot dead in Veracruz City after launching a grenade that exploded in a crowded restaurant.
The administration of Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s president from 2006-2012, attributed many of the shootings to Zetas drug cartel members.