General Bravo, Nuevo Leon — A total of 218 undocumented immigrants from Central America were rescued in the municipality of General Bravo by local authorities just after midnight Friday.
In a statement, Civil Protection of Nuevo Leon said that “at 12:20 a.m. Friday they rescued 218 undocumented immigrants from Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.”
The Secretary of National Defense and Civil Protection from two municipalities along with the Gendarmerie and the Secretary of State Health also participated to help in the rescue efforts.
The secretary of Public Security, Bernardo González Garza, said that the group of 218 migrants is in addition to the 119 undocumented immigrants who were rescued on Thursday morning.
“All of the people were provided with food and water. There were some in a state of dehydration, some said they had spent three days inside the trailer box in quite deplorable conditions,” he said.
According to the preliminary report, in this second group of migrants rescued there were 50 children. He mentioned that the rescue operation deployed at kilometer 170 of the highway to Reynosa was made with the help of nearly 200 troops, including elements of Civil Force, the Mexican Army, Military Police and the National Institute of Migration.
He said that these people were transferred to a shelter in the metropolitan area to be reviewed by the Ministry of Health to detect and their illnesses, screen for HIV and vaccinate the children. Psychological attention was also provided through the crisis intervention team.
González Garza said that over the course of Friday, they will continue to try to locate more migrants who came from the state of Tabasco they suspect are also hidden in two trailers.