Photo: Central American migrants sue Mexican immigration agents
A group of Central American migrants are suing Mexican immigration agents after they allegedly pulled them off a bus and handed the migrants over to criminal gangs.
The Federal Institute for Public Defenders said officials from the National Migration Institute led the migrants off a bus headed for the U.S. border, and gave them to armed men. The federal government has said that at least six agents from the Migration Institute have been arrested in the case.
“We must emphasize that there will be zero tolerance of anyone who calls themselves a civil servant and breaks the law or participates in these crimes,” said Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues.
The migrants, who hail from various countries, were among 120 freed by Mexican soldiers in several raids in the last month in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which has seen a significant surge in violence over the last year as the drug gang, Los Zetas battle their former bosses, the Gulf Cartel.
Of the 120 kidnapped migrants, 81 were Mexicans, 33 were from Central America, and 6 were Chinese nationals.