Photo: Honduran Migrants in Mexico
Federal Police officers detained 15 Honduran migrants in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, who were planning to enter the United States, the Government Secretariat said.
The migrants were found at kilometer 287 of the Matamoros-Ciudad Victoria highway, the secretariat said.
Federal Police officers asked the driver of a bus to stop for an inspection, the secretariat said in a statement.
“During the inspection, the federal officers found said persons, who could not confirm their legal migratory status in the country,” the secretariat said.
The Hondurans were turned over to the National Migration Institute, or INM, office in Tamaulipas for processing, the secretariat said.
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.
Central American migrants follow a long route that first takes them into Chiapas state, which is on the border with Guatemala, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.
The flow of migrants has increased markedly in the northern and northeastern parts of Mexico since U.S. officials increased security along the border in the northwestern part of the country.