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Mexican authorities have discovered 652 Central American migrants in six trailers near the United States border.


Trucks stopped at a military post Thursday night on a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey in the northern state of Tamaulipas. The state’s public security agency said on Friday that four suspects had been arrested.

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Among the migrants were 564 Guatemalans, as well as migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize. More than half of those aboard the trucks were children, with about 200 of them not being an adult.

Construction continues along the border wall with Mexico, championed by President Donald Trump on January 12, 2021 in Sasabe, Arizona. (Photo by Micah Garen/Getty Images)

Officials said the trucks started their journey in the central state of Puebla and were trying to reach Monterrey, a major transportation hub, to reach various points on the US-Mexico border.

The trailers were locked, forcing the authorities to take them to state police facilities to be opened. The Red Cross said 40 migrants had been assessed for dehydration and malnutrition.

The health department of Tamaulipas said on Friday that nine migrants tested positive for COVID-19.

Tamaulipas is a popular route for migrant smuggling, the closest border state for Central American migrants.