Mexican police declared that in two separate incidents they have found a total of 300 migrants (mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) stuck in trucks which were stopped at a checkpoint.
Already on Friday, Mexican authorities stated that they had found 102 migrants in Veracruz.
On Saturday, they found 198 migrants in two trucks during a check in Tamaulipas, which is located less than 200 miles from the border with Texas.
According to the police report, the migrants did not have proper ventilation, space or supplies and were found traveling in deplorable conditions.
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Three people, the two truck drivers and a suspected ringleader, were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.
Scanners detected the people hidden inside the trucks when it was stopped by Mexican police at a checkpoint. The group had 24 unaccompanied children amongst them.
Just last month, some 170 undocumented Central Americans were taken into custody by Mexican police in the states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas. The countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are, along with Mexico itself, a major source of illegal migrants being smuggled into the US, mostly via the border with Texas.
US President Donald Trump has made illegal immigration a talking point in politics and is currently engaged in a hefty discussion with the Democratic party to resolve the situation of the 800k DACA Dreamers, whose protection will run out on 5 March 2018. His White House Administration is pressing ahead with controversial plans for a wall along the Mexican border.