The government of Mexico reported on Sunday that at least 37 US-bound undocumented migrants died this year, most drowning while trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States.
According to the National Institute of Migration (INM), “33 people drowned due to the force of the current, the depth and the low temperatures of the Rio Bravo (Grande),” while four died due to various causes in the states.
INM also said that authorities could not identify 22 of the migrants because they “were not carrying identification,” and the rest with identification documents were from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and Mexico.
Mexico’s report on migrant deaths from January to May came days following the US hosting the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, where immigration was a key topic and President Joe Biden led a 20-nation-pledge to support the “safety and dignity of all migrants.”
In recent years, Mexico stepped up its border controls and detained more than 300,000 undocumented migrants in 2021.
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