Smugglers robbed a passenger bus near Mexico City, loaded 57 people from Haiti, Brazil, Chile and Honduras, and sent it down a highway to the city of Monterrey
When they arrived in Monterrey, the migrants planned to head to the United States border, authorities said.
But the bus was stopped on Monday by members of the National Guard, who had received a report for the theft of the vehicle. They were surprised to find the huge purple bus full of migrants.
The driver was arrested. The migrants, including 16 minors, were taken into the custody of the National Migration Institute and the child welfare authorities.
So far this year, Mexican authorities have detained 90,850 migrants, mainly from Central America, and deported 42,000 of them. Approximately half of the total came from Honduras, followed by originating from Guatemala and El Salvador. 20% of all detained migrants were under 18 years of age.
A total of 6,709 migrants were found in 496 train raids and 8,484 in safe house or vehicle inspections. The southern states of Chiapas and Tabasco and the northern states of Tamaulipas and Baja California were where the most migrants were captured.
Migration and how to stop it is expected to be one of the main topics in Tuesday’s meeting between Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and US Vice President Kamala Harris.