- More than 30 illegal immigrants were found in a boat that was being towed by a truck.
- The discovery of the undocumented inside a boat was registered in Florida.
- Authorities reported that all the detainees were originally from Cuba.
What was expected to be a regular traffic stop ended with the discovery of 32 illegal immigrants hidden inside a boat that was being towed by a truck on a Florida highway, police authorities reported.
An officer found 32 suspected Cuban immigrants, including two pregnant women, hiding in a “fast” boat (a speedboat) that was being towed by a rented truck on Monday, October 11, in the Florida Keys, the officials said, according to authorities cited by Fox News this Tuesday.
Undocumented people were hidden in a boat towed by a truck
Sergeant Joel Slough was on patrol around 6 a.m. when he observed the rental truck traveling below the speed limit on US Highway 1 in Marathon City, Monroe County, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
During the traffic stop, Sergeant Joel Slough detected an “overwhelming smell of sweat and salt water.” He also noticed that three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, who were in the cab of the truck were not restrained by any type of seat belt or child restraint, the sheriff’s office said.
Among the undocumented persons who were in the truck that was towing a boat were several minors
Upon inspection, at least two dozen immigrants were found hiding in the litter area at the bow of the boat, including a 17-year-old. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Reidel García Espino, 39, of Seffner, Florida, said they had allegedly been fishing, but authorities detailed that there was no fishing equipment on the boat.
Then, Reidel García Espino was arrested and charged with child neglect. Then the migrants were turned over to the US Customs and Border Protection Office, the Fox News report mentioned, which showed images of the towed boat where the undocumented were hidden.
The discovery of illegal immigrants hiding in a boat is the third case in less than a week
The recent incident comes at a time when Cuban maritime migration has skyrocketed this year, according to the local newspaper. Miami Herald. Last week, the Coast Guard reported that its crews detained more than 800 people during its fiscal year, which runs from October to October. Last year, that number was just 49, the newspaper reported.
The Efe news agency also mentioned that more than 50 Cuban immigrants were captured in the last three days in South Florida, including the 32 who were hiding inside a speedboat towed by the truck.
652 migrants intercepted in trucks in Mexico, 355 of them minors
Mexican authorities intercepted 652 migrants, 355 of them minors, who were transported in three trucks on a highway in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, according to official sources reported last Friday, the Efe news agency said.
Migrants of various nationalities, including women and children, were crammed into three trailers with double containers, detailed a statement from the State Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace in Tamaulipas.
Immigrants captured in trucks in Mexico
According to the bulletin, military and National Guard personnel detected the vehicles on Thursday night at a Mexican Army checkpoint located at kilometer 53 of the Ciudad Victoria-Monterrey highway, in the municipality of Hidalgo.
So far the authorities have been able to detect that 564 migrants were from Guatemala, 39 from Honduras, 20 from El Salvador, 28 from Nicaragua and one from Belize. According to reports, there were at least 197 minors traveling alone. Filed Under: Immigrant Trucks Capture.
Immigrants traveled to Monterrey
According to the first investigations, the migrants traveled from the central state of Puebla, bound for Monterrey, Nuevo León. The authorities arrested four people allegedly involved in the event.
While the vehicles were transferred to the Tamaulipas Public Security Secretariat Complex in Ciudad Victoria, so that authorities of the National Migration Institute (INM) and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) can carry out the accounting of the migrants. Filed Under: Immigrant Trucks Capture.
Historical migratory flow
Meanwhile, Mexican Red Cross personnel went to the facilities of the Security Complex to provide medical assistance to those who requested it. Now, the authorities of the INM and the FGR are working to determine the immigration status of the intercepted persons, as well as the legal status of the four detainees.
The region registers in recent months a historical migratory flow with 147,000 undocumented persons detected in the country from January to August, triple that of 2020, and a record of 212,000 undocumented persons detained in July alone by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP, in English) from the United States. Just this Tuesday, a total of 103 Central American migrants, including 38 minors, were detained by agents of the INM of Mexico at a checkpoint in the state of Tabasco, southeast of the country, according to the immigration institution itself. Filed Under: Immigrant Trucks Capture.
They give the worst news for immigrants arriving at the United States border
On the other hand, immigrants will continue to be expelled under Title 42, according to a recent statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The message also revealed how long this measure against illegal immigrants could continue.
“The Department of Homeland Security will continue to prosecute people in accordance with the updated Title 42 Order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” read a statement distributed by the DHS. Filed Under: Immigrant Trucks Capture.
Immigrants will continue to be expelled under Title 42
The agency said the removal of immigrants under Title 42 is “part of the United States’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts.” In addition, he warned that he would continue to expel single adults and families who come to the southern border.
Also, DHS recalled that “Title 42 is a public health authority, not an immigration authority and, therefore, the CDC dictates its continued use,” with the foregoing, the measure will continue to be applied to immigrants in the border of the United States. Filed Under: Immigrant Trucks Capture.
Biden continues with Trump measure to expel immigrants
Just last Thursday, a federal appeals court granted temporary authorization to the Biden administration to continue expelling migrant families expeditiously under Title 42, a public health provision promoted by now-former President Donald Trump.
The ruling blocks the decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia who ruled in mid-September that it is illegal to deny migrant families with children the right to asylum by applying a regulation aimed at protecting public health, says Efe. For more information check this note.
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