Mexican authorities rescued six migrants, five of them Central Americans, who had been lost for 10 days in a mountainous part of the northern state of Coahuila, which borders on the United States, government officials said.
In a communique, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said that rescue teams searched for the migrants after receiving an alert from the U.S. Border Patrol.
A Honduran who had been detained by the Border Patrol along the Coahuila-Texas frontier said that “six more migrants were incommunicado on the so-called Moro ranch.”
The search for the migrants was hampered at first, the INM said, because they had moved from the area they were said to be in.
After scouring the zone for 24 hours, however, rescue teams located the group, all of whom were dehydrated, and took them to a hospital in Ciudad Acuña.
Participating in the rescue operation were two Beta groups specializing in migrant search and rescue, supported by personal from the Federal Police, the state Civil Protection agency, the Ciudad Acuña Fire Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.
INM personnel said that the Central American migrants were informed of their right to normalize their immigration status in Mexico or to return to their own countries under the terms of an agreement signed with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua “for the dignified, orderly and safe repatriation of their nationals.”
The entity said that the rescue effort is proof of Mexico’s commitment to protect and safeguard the lives and physical integrity of migrants who are in the country “without regard for their nationality or their immigration situation.”