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Migrants are afraid due to wave of kidnappings on the Mexican border

2024-05-29T12:00:41+00:00
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  • Migrants fear kidnappings at the Mexican border.
  • 1,700 migrants were freed in Chihuahua.
  • Irregular migration increases 200%.

FEAR AT THE BORDER! A wave of kidnappings causes fear among migrants stranded on Mexico’s northern border

There is a kidnapping crisis on the Mexican border that has sparked terror among migrants stranded in the region.

In the last three years, the Chihuahua state police have freed more than 1,700 kidnapped undocumented immigrants.

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This represents about a third of kidnapping victims nationwide, according to the police report.

Fear has intensified since Secretary of State Public Security of Chihuahua, Gilberto Loya Chávez revealed these figures.

During this historic migration wave, the number of kidnapped migrants has been alarming. The almost 200 percent annual increase in irregular migration in the first quarter of 2024 aggravates the situation.

In that period, the Mexican government detected more than 360,000 migrants in irregular transit. The civil association Stop Kidnapping reported 772 kidnappings of migrants in 2023.

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This is equivalent to about a third of the national total of victims of this crime. Furthermore, in March of this year, a historic number of 521 kidnappings was recorded.

Of those kidnapped in the month of March, more than half were undocumented according to El Financiero.

Rosa Mani Arias, coordinator of the Migrant Service of the civil organization Avara, considers the figure presented by the Secretary of Public Security alarming.

Mani Arias attributes this increase to the lack of immigrant-friendly policies. Migrants, desperate to avoid operations by the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), expose themselves to greater risks.

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