44 Percent of Mexican Migrants are Honduran

A total of 89 Central American migrants – four children, five women and 80 men – were detained by immigration agents in the past few days in central Mexico, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said.

The migrants were found around the railroad tracks in Irolo, a community in Hidalgo state, the INM said in a statement. Fifty-eight of the migrants are from Honduras, 16 are from Guatemala and 15 are from El Salvador. Immigration agents detained 50 of the Central Americans on Wednesday and the other 39 over the weekend. The migrants will be deported once their cases are examined, the INM said.

Authorities detained nearly 5,000 migrants last month across Mexico, the INM said in a report released earlier this month.

“A total of 4,612 foreigners were taken into custody by the National Migration Institute (INM) during the second month of this year,” the agency said.

An estimated 250,000 Central Americans cross Mexico each year on their way to the United States, but academic researchers contend that the figure has fallen markedly because of the kidnappings and attacks on migrants. Mexico recently launched the Unified Strategy for Preventing and Combating the Kidnapping of Migrants, a program aimed at dismantling the gangs that prey on migrants and forming alliances with other countries affected by this problem.

At least 11,333 migrants, the majority of them from Central America, were kidnapped in Mexico between April and September 2010, the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said in a report released last month

“Government efforts to reduce the rate of kidnappings against the migrant population have not been sufficient,” CNDH president Raul Plascencia said during the presentation on Feb. 22nd of the “Special Report on the Kidnapping of Migrants in Mexico.”

Some 44.3 percent of the victims were Hondurans, followed by Salvadorans (16.2 percent), Guatemalans (11.2 percent), Mexicans (10.6 percent), Cubans (5 percent), Nicaraguans (4.4 percent), Colombians (1.5 percent) and Ecuadorians (0.50 percent), the CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, said.

The CNDH documented 214 kidnapping cases, many of them mass abductions, and found that some migrants were employed by criminals and corrupt officials to “infiltrate” groups of migrants.

Honduras news article from: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/03/17/8-central-american-migrants-detained-mexico

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