MEXICO CITY: At least 37 undocumented migrants traveling through Mexico have died so far this year, most of whom drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States, the Mexican government reported on Sunday (June 12). ).
In addition to four migrants who died of various causes in the states of Veracruz and Baja, “33 drowned due to the strength of the current, the depth and the low temperatures of the Rio Bravo (Grande)” crossing the border between Mexico and the US demarcates. , the National Institute of Migration (INM) said in a press statement.
It added that 22 of the migrants “had no identification with them”, while the others were from Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru and Venezuela.
When AFP contacted them, the INM said it had repatriated the bodies of the 11 immigrants identified, but would not say where the remains of the other 22 are, or give details of their ages and gender.
The report on migrant deaths from January to May comes a few days after the conclusion of the Ninth Summit of the Americas, hosted by the United States in Los Angeles, where immigration was a major topic.
On the final day of the meeting, US President Joe Biden led a pledge from 20 countries to support the “safety and dignity of all migrants” as well as increased cooperation by law enforcement officers.
It also comes as a new caravan of thousands of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and political oppression makes its way from southern Mexico to the US border.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter the United States from South and Central America travel up through Mexico, but in recent years the country has stepped up its border controls, detaining more than 300,000 undocumented migrants by 2021.