December 9, 2023

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Guatemala | Police found 126 immigrants in the container

Guatemala |  Police found 126 immigrants in the container

(Guatemala) They rescued 126 immigrants, mostly Haitians, who were left inside a container in the south as they tried to reach the states-United beyond Mexico.

Immigrants were in the early hours of the morning after a “report of an abandoned trailer” on the road between the towns of Nueva Concepcion and Coccles in southern Guatemala, said George Aguilar, police spokesman.

“We heard screams and shouts from the container, we opened the door and there were 126 undocumented people inside: 106 from Haiti, 11 from Nepal and nine from Ghana,” he said.

The team was taken to a shelter run by the Guatemalan Migration Institute.

In Central America, thousands of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans try to reach the United States each year, facing an immigration crisis for several months.

Despite the perilous and trying journey from countries in South America, thousands of immigrants from Central America, mostly Haitians, try to reach the United States.

Since the beginning of 2021, more than 50 immigrants have died in Panama while trying to cross the Dorian forest zone on the Colombian border, according to the Prosecutor’s Office in Panama.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday said the United States had deported more than 7,500 Haitian migrants in less than three weeks, chartering 70 planes for the deportation.

The Mexican government deported Haitian immigrants to Port-au-Prince.

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