Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported Tuesday that at least 22 Mexicans are among the 50 dead migrants, according to his data, who were located Monday inside a truck parked outside San Antonio, on the Texas-Mexico border.
“So far there are 50 dead, 22 from Mexico, 7 from Guatemala, 2 from Honduras, and 19 still without information on their nationality,” confirmed the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
Although U.S. authorities had reported last night the death of 46 migrants and 16 people in need of urgent medical attention, the Mexican President raised the death toll to 50.
He also informed that they are supporting the U.S. authorities in the transfer of the bodies.
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“Our consul (in San Antonio) has been here since yesterday, there are also Mexican immigration officials, and we are going to be attentive to support the families of the victims, the transfer of the bodies, and of course to carry out the investigation as far as we are concerned,” said López Obrador.
The President expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the migrants who died and assured that it is “a tremendous misfortune.”
He acknowledged that these things happen “because there is also human trafficking and lack of controls, in this case, at the border of Mexico or the United States and inside the United States.” Therefore, López Obrador said, they will be reporting on the case.
On Monday, U.S. immigration authorities in the town of San Antonio, on the Texas-Mexico border, found more than 40 bodies inside the trailer of a truck.
The discovery took place on the outskirts of San Antonio, near Lackland Air Force Base, where, in addition to the deceased, they also found dozens of people in need of urgent medical assistance.
The area where the trailer was found is a common place where vehicles stop to unload immigrants after crossing the border clandestinely. Temperatures in San Antonio reached 40ºC on Monday.
Authorities believe the driver of the truck abandoned the vehicle with all passengers inside minutes before police investigated its contents.
These facts reflect the record migratory flow to the United States, whose Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected in the fiscal year 2021, which ended last September 30, more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico.
The Mexican government reported an 89% year-on-year increase in the number of migrants presented or channeled by the immigration authority in the first quarter of 2022, totaling 77,626 from January to March.