Mexico reports that 37 migrants bound for the United States have died this year

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Mexico City (AFP) – At least 37 undocumented migrants crossing Mexico have died so far this year, most of whom drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States, the Mexican government reported Sunday.

In addition to four migrants who died of various causes in the states of Veracruz and Baja, “33 drowned due to the strength of the current, the depth and the low temperatures of the Rio Bravo (Grande)” delimiting the Mexican-American border. , said the National Institute for Migration (INM) in a press release.

He added that 22 of the migrants “were not carrying identity documents”, while the others came from Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru and Venezuela.

Contacted by AFP, the INM said it had repatriated the bodies of the 11 identified immigrants, but did not say where the remains of the other 22 are, or give details of their age and sex.

The report on migrant deaths from January to May comes days after the conclusion of the ninth Summit of the Americas, hosted by the United States in Los Angeles, where immigration was a key topic.

On the final day of the rally, US President Joe Biden led a 20-nation pledge to support “the safety and dignity of all migrants” and greater law enforcement cooperation.

It also comes as a new caravan of thousands of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and political oppression heads from southern Mexico towards the US border.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter the United States travel from South and Central America to Mexico, but in recent years the country has tightened its border controls and in 2021 a detained more than 300,000 undocumented migrants.

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