Criminals infiltrate Mexican migrant caravans to the United States

The caravans of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the United States are infiltrated by criminals and human traffickers, warned Monday the Archdiocese of the Mexican state of Puebla, which currently houses hundreds of these migrants.

Central American migrants. Image: stock photo
Central American migrants. Image: stock photo

"There is common crime, organized crime, which are wrapped in caravans. They use women and children to generate compassion, "Gustavo Rodríguez, coordinator of the Pastoral of the Migrant of the Archdiocese of Puebla (center), told reporters.

According to the religious, in photographs that document the passage of the caravans, certain characters are observed repeatedly.

"Many repeat (the trip), many are coyotes (traffickers of people) who come and infiltrate, we realize they do business, accompany them and charge in caravans," said Rodriguez outside one of the shelters of the Archdiocese , which in total gives shelter to some 600 Central Americans.

Like this one, several caravans with thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico from Central America with the hope of reaching the United States and finding a better life away from the poverty and violence in their countries.

Since last November, thousands of Central Americans have managed to reach Tijuana, on the border with the United States, where they are attempting to smuggle or process asylum in the United States.

The vast majority of these people, from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, are families with children.

Puebla, located about 120 kilometers from Mexico City, is a common passage for the migrant caravans, which temporarily lodge in the various shelters of the state, provided mainly by the Catholic Church.

Rodriguez warned that in the coming hours it is expected that shelters in Puebla receive a thousand more migrants on their way to the Mexican capital and then the border with the United States.

Last week, the state prosecutor's office reported that a 33-year-old Honduran was arrested with a long gun and a bulletproof vest during an operation to rescue a kidnapping victim. According to the authorities, this Honduran was wounded in the operation and had entered Mexico in a caravan.

"For some we all pay," lamented Giovani Flores, a Honduran traveling in the caravan that passes through Puebla.