TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – A Mexican immigration official says 213 Central and South American migrants were discovered crammed into a tractor trailer with no food or water in the southern border state of Chiapas.
The federal immigration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record, says the migrants were discovered by federal police at a highway checkpoint.
The official said Sunday the truck driver and his assistant were both detained and that the migrants were given food and water and are awaiting deportation. Brazilians, Guatemalans and El Salvadorans were among those apprehended.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants cross Mexico's southern border on their way to the United States.