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Mexican Authorities Intercept More Than 1,000 Migrants in One Day

The United States is putting pressure on Mexican and Central American nations to curb the flow of U.S.-bound migrants.
Migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean walk in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, on a highway in Escuintla, in Chiapas state, Mexico August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Garcia
Migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean walk in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, on a highway in Escuintla, in Chiapas state, Mexico August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Garcia

Mexican authorities on Thursday said they intercepted more than 1,000 migrants in the last 24 hours as the government tried to curb entry of undocumented travelers seeking to make their way to the United States.

The National Migration Institute (INM) said the migrants were located in operations carried out in 22 states of the country, with about 10% of them minors and many of them traveling alone.

In the last 24 hours, the National Migration Institute took into custody 1,266 migrants “from different continents that were transiting irregularly,” the INM said in a statement.

Some migrants arrived from countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Pakistan, Somalia, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey.

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