Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, CHIAPAS (San Diego RED, 5/18/11) - Mexican police discovered 513 undocumented immigrants from Latin American and Asian countries traveling in subhuman conditions in two trailers in the southern state of Chiapas, official sources said. The State Attorney-General of Justice in a detailed statement said the immigrants, from China, India, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, are now in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the State, where humanitarian care is being provided. Since the discovery which occurred in the early hours of this morning authorities have offered food, medical care, legal and psychological support through the Prosecutor's Office in response to the crimes committed against immigrants, and by other units of care to victims of the State, the most southern of Mexico. Two people, the Mexican drivers Jesus and Armando Perez, and the two Kenworth trailers, were made available to the federal authorities responsible for prosecuting the trafficking of persons. Initial investigations suggest that if the Mafia carried the illegal immigrants from the South to the North of Mexico they would have received $7,000 for each one of them to cross into the United States. The presence of undocumented workers was detected with the help of a monitoring team using x-rays at a checkpoint installed in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Initially, the trucks did not stop and were purused until they were reached a few kilometers later. The action involved agents of the police forces of the State and municipal. Among the 273 people who were in the first trailer there is a Dominican, a Honduran, six Nepalese, twelve people from India, twenty-six Ecuadorians, 28 Salvadorans and 199 Guatemalans. In the second vehicle were 240 people, which so far have been identified as nineteen Salvadorans, six Ecuadorians and three Chinese. In the next few hours, they will continue investigation of the case and determine the immigration status of the rescued individuals for possible transfer to their countries of origin. This rescue of migrants is the largest in the South of Mexico, where the largest previous number rescued was 219 rescued last January 27 in a trailer. Official data indicate that each year about 300,000 undocumented, mostly Americans, crossed the little more than 1,000 kilometers of border shared by Mexico with Guatemala and Belize to reach the United States. According to the most recent report on the subject by the National Commission on Human Rights 11,300 immigrants were abducted from April through September 2010.