Authorities in Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday found more than 600 Central American migrants in two trailers hidden in bushes in the state’s state capital of Ciudad Victoria.
The migrants, from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were found hidden by a group of around 100 migrants who had been taken to a series of Mexican bus stations, bringing them from upstate New York, The New York Post reported. The migrants had been traveling in a caravan to Tijuana, which has been a hotbed of the migrant caravan.
“The caravan that is accompanied by American TV crews is the biggest in history, but every year we have small groups that arrive here just to stay the night in border cities and bus stations for the morning bus to drive them to Mexico City, then to the next city,” Mexican Immigration Superintendent Eduardo Almaguer was quoted as saying.
Local police found the trailer with the migrants hidden in the bushes at around 5 a.m. local time. The migrants – covered in grass and bags – told authorities they were from Guatemala and were hoping to find work in Kansas, the report said.
They were initially believed to be unaccompanied minors. According to the Post, those are typically separated from adult refugees but sent to the care of local authorities.
Based on the migrants’ ages, the report said, most could be anywhere from 16 to 25 years old.