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Latino Daily News

Thursday August 8, 2013

Authorities Detain 56 Immigrants in Western Mexico

Authorities Detain 56 Immigrants in Western Mexico

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Authorities detained 50 Central American and six Cuban migrants in three operations in the southern state of Chiapas and the western state of Jalisco, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said.

Three suspected people traffickers were arrested in one of the operations, the INM said in a statement.

Five of the migrants are children, the agency said.

Of the Central Americans, 23 are from Guatemala, 22 are from Honduras and five are from El Salvador.

The six Cubans were detained along with 10 Hondurans and four Salvadorans at a military checkpoint outside Tonala, a city in Chiapas, the INM said.

The immigration agency did not say when the migrants were detained.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.