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http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/05/17/mexico.migrants/index.html?hpt=T2

Mexico City (CNN) -- Mexican authorities said they found and detained more than 500 illegal immigrants from Central America and Asia who were crammed inside two tractor-trailers heading toward the United States on Tuesday.
X-ray equipment detected the immigrants at checkpoints in the southern state of Chiapas, the state attorney general's office said. The drivers of both trucks sped away after authorities ordered them to stop, but police apprehended them nearby.
Inside the tractor-trailers, they found 513 people from El Salvador, Ecuador, China, Japan, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
Each of them had paid $7,000 to travel to the United States, the attorney general said.
They had been traveling in "inhumane conditions," Mexico's National Migration Institute said.
Officials said the group was receiving food, shelter and medical assistance while Mexican federal immigration authorities reached out to consulates and embassies to arrange their return to their home countries.
The southern border state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, is a major crossing point for Central American immigrants heading north.
In 2010, Mexican authorities apprehended about 25,000 illegal immigrants there, according to statistics from Mexico's National Migration Institute. 
 
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How many nepalese, any idea?
 
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Inside the tractor-trailers, they found 513 people from El Salvador, Ecuador, China, Japan, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

What is the deal here with a Japanese? Can't they just travel freely to US ?

 
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http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2011/may/may18/news12.php

Six Nepalis among 513 migrants being ferried in inhuman conditions to US held in Mexico

Six Nepalis were among 513 migrants who were found inside two trailer trucks bound for the United States by police in Mexico's southern Chiapas state on Tuesday.

The unidentified Nepalis were being transported with other illegal migrants "in dangerously crowded conditions", according to an Associated Press report.

"Some of the immigrants were suffering from dehydration after traveling for hours clinging to cargo ropes strung inside the containers to keep them upright as the trucks bounced along from the Guatemalan border, and allow more migrants to be more crammed in on the floor," the AP report said.

The trucks had air holes punched in the tops of the containers, but migrants interviewed at the state prosecutors' office told AP they lacked air and water. The trucks were bound for the central city of Puebla, where the migrants said they had been told they would be loaded aboard a second set of vehicles for the trip to the U.S. border.

"We were suffering, it was very hot and we were clinging to the ropes," Mario, a 23-year-old Honduran migrant who identified himself only by his first name, for security reasons told AP. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says thousands of undocumented migrants are kidnapped and held for ransom by drug gangs in Mexico each year.

None of the migrants would say whether any drug gang had been involved in the mass smuggling scheme broken up early Tuesday when Chiapas state police discovered the migrants while using X-ray equipment on the trucks at a checkpoint in the outskirts of city of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

The migrants told AP the smugglers were charging them about $7,000 apiece to get them into the United States. A Guatemalan migrant who identified himself as Juan said remaining in his hometown in Guatemala was not an option, noting "a lot of us are Indians, and we can't stay in our homes. There is no work, and there's nothing to eat."

An agent for the National Immigration Institute who was not authorized to be quoted by name said it was the largest shipment of migrants detained in Mexico in recent years.

Police also arrested four people accused of smuggling the migrants, who are from Central and South America and Asia, Chiapas state prosecutors said in a statement.

The alleged smugglers tried to escape police but were chased down and captured, prosecutors said.

The immigration institute said in a statement that 410 of the migrants were from Guatemala, 47 from El Salvador, 32 from Ecuador, 12 from India, six from Nepal, three from China and one each from Japan, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. There were 32 women and four children among them.

In January, Chiapas state authorities discovered 219 migrants squeezed into a trailer truck.

Most of those migrants were from Central America but six were from Sri Lanka and four from Nepal. nepalnews.com


 
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Mexican officials have now released fascinating images that show the desperate measures that some people are taking to try to sneak into the U.S.

The image above is the X-ray taken by Chiapas state police examining trucks at a checkpoint in the outskirts of city of Tuxtla Gutierrez that revealed 513 migrants crammed into two trailers bound for the United States. It’s not clear how many dozens were in this single trailer.

 

Some of the immigrants were suffering from dehydration after traveling for hours clinging to cargo ropes strung inside the containers to keep them upright as the trucks bounced along from the Guatemalan border, and allow more migrants to be more crammed in on the floor.

In this image released by the Chiapas State Attorney General, the migrants are unloaded from one of the trucks.

The AP reports that the migrants said the smugglers were charging them about $7,000 apiece to get them into the United States. Federal officials said 410 of the migrants were from Guatemala, 47 from El Salvador, 32 from Ecuador, 12 from India, six from Nepal, three from China and one each from Japan, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Most were men; there were 32 women and four children.

 

 


 


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