A vehicle runs over three Venezuelan migrants in Mexico

03/15/2023 at 05:33


The victims were walking on a highway while trying to avoid a checkpoint of the Mexican authorities.

Three Venezuelan migrants died when they were hit by a vehicle on Monday when they were walking along a highway near the Mexican city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, Civil Protection authorities reported Tuesday. The three migrants were reportedly walking down the road when they were hit by a vehicle. The accident took place at attempting to evade a checkpoint of the Mexican immigration authorities. The accident occurred on the Tapachula-Tuxtla Chico international highway, in Ciudad Hidalgo, when the migrants were heading to Tapachula and, until now, the identity of the deceased is unknown.

Due to the accident, this Tuesday Chiapas Civil Protection authorities asked migrants not to risk walking on the roads due to the risk of being run over or losing their lives in their search to cross Mexico with the idea of ​​reaching the United States . Julissa Esther Briones, PC delegate in the Soconusco region, said that other people who were also injured in the deadly accident they were taken to the Tapachula regional hospital. “Previously the caravans were massive, now we see groups of 30 to 50 in the strip of the Chiapas coast, where unfortunately they transit at night. For this reason, we ask that they not risk walking, but rather carry out their legal procedures and move forward without expose his life”.

Without entry documents, the stranded migrants seek to carry out their procedures, but the delay in receiving and delivering them makes them walk the roads.

This Tuesday, some 500 migrants including Russians, Turks, Venezuelans, Cubans, Hondurans and Chinese arrived at the immigration regularization offices of the National Institute of Migration (INM) to request permits that allow them to cross through Mexico and reach the northern border with the United States. Joined.

The authorities of Mexico and the United States deported more than 196,300 Central American citizens in 2022, including more than 35,000 children and adolescents, according to a report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).