Mexico finds 370 abandoned immigrant children

MEXICO CITY Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:56pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In one week, 370 immigrant children, most of them from Central America, were found abandoned in Mexico, after traffickers promised to take them to the United States but left them to their own devices after being paid thousands of dollars, authorities said.

Almost half of them, 163 children under the age of 18, were found traveling alone, Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) said in a statement.

Each month, thousands of immigrants, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, attempt to emigrate to the United States, crossing several borders in the process, despite the threat from drug gangs that kidnap, murder and rape women.

The children told federal migration agents that their 'guides' abandoned them after accepting $3,000 to $5,000 in payments, INM said.

The children and young people, who came from three of the poorest countries in Central America, were found between March 17 and 24, in 14 different states in Mexico.

"The majority of the children showed signs of extreme fatigue, foot injuries, dehydration and disorientation whereby they didn't know where they had been abandoned," INM said.

Many immigrants are able to get to the U.S. and then entrust their children to the traffickers who pay large sums of money for them.

In the week the children were found, a total of 1,895 immigrants from various countries were detected in Mexico from countries as far away as Somalia, Japan and Syria, among others.

(Reporting by Anahi Rama; Writing by Christine Murray; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Many Americans are homeless too. Sorry, we’re full up!

Mar 29, 2014 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:
The politicians, all of them, have ignored that part of the Constitution that says that they have to protect our borders. They haven’t done this, and now we are overrun with illegal aliens. And who pays for their welfare, medical costs, food stamps, etc. The overtaxed US taxpayer of course. We desperately need laws to cut off all public assistance to anyone who cannot prove that they area US citizen. Kick out all the incumbents and start over.

Mar 29, 2014 6:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TJexcite wrote:
Think the adults will get amnesty for their Mexican immigration violations. Maybe if the US did not give handout to immigrant they would not abandoning children to coyotes in Mexico when they can’t run fast enough to avoid the Mexican boarder patrol or the drug cartels.

Mar 29, 2014 6:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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