Mexican Authorities Discover Truck Carrying Over 50 Unaccompanied Migrant Kids
Jennie Taer on January 27, 2023
Mexican officials in the northern part of the country discovered a truck carrying over 50 unaccompanied migrant children, Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) announced Thursday.
The group of migrants consisted of 43 boys, 14 girls, 8 men and one family, a mother and her daughter, according to the INM. Authorities stopped the truck at a vehicle checkpoint along the Chihuahua-Ciudad Juárez highway.
U.S. authorities in June found an 18-wheeler full of illegal migrants San Antonio, Texas. The incident resulted in more than 50 deaths.
Federal authorities in the U.S. have seen record numbers of illegal migrants crossing into the southern border in recent years. In fiscal year 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded more than 2.3 million migrant encounters and an all-time monthly high of more than 250,000 in December alone at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The U.S. has also recorded a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border. CBP recorded more than 152,000 encounters of unaccompanied minors in fiscal year 2022 and more than 146,000 in fiscal year 2021, which was up from more than 33,000 in fiscal year 2020.
U.S. immigration authorities must release illegal migrant children and place them in “the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs, provided that such setting is consistent with its interests,” according to a 1997 consent decree.
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