Three hundred U.S.-bound Central Americans migrants, including dozens of children, were found over the weekend inside two trucks in Mexico without proper ventilation or enough food or water.
Mexico’s National Institute of Migration, known as INM, informed that 198 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were found Saturday morning inside a truck as they were being transported in the state of Tamaulipas, border with Texas.
“They were traveling in overcrowding conditions,” said the INM.
Three people were arrested suspected of human trafficking.
On Friday, officials found another truck with 102 Central Americas with signs of dehydration and asphyxia.
On Monday, President Donald Trump renewed his calls for his promised wall with Mexico, saying on Twitter “Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time.”
Congress has until March 5th to reach an agreement on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. when they were minors by their undocumented parents.
Sens. John McCain, a Republican, and Christopher A. Coons, a Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that would grant permanent legal status to the so-called Dreamers as well as tighten security along the U.S.-Mexican border. The proposal, however, doesn’t include changes to what Trump calls “chain migration,” the ability of greencard-holders and naturalized immigrants to legally bring relatives to the U.S. The plan doesn’t put an end to the diversity lottery program either, something Trump has been strongly requesting in exchange for any DACA deal.
On his Twitter account, McCain referred to the bill as a potential “important starting point towards reaching a bipartisan immigration compromise so we can end the gridlock” and move on to completing a budget agreement.
Immigration reform talks in Congress hit a low point last month when at a closed-door meeting Trump reportedly complaint about the arrival of Haitians and immigrants from African nations, referring to them as “shithole countries,” according to sources present at that meeting.
Thousands of Honduran and Salvadorian immigrants currently live and work legally in the U.S. under a Temporary Protected Status, but that designation is set to expire next year in the case of Salvadorians, while a decision on Hondurans is still pending.
The Department of Homeland Security determined in January that El Salvador no longer meets a TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster. El Salvador’s TPS designation will end on Sept. 9, 2019. Honduras’s TPS is good until July 5, when the DHS will decide whether to extend, redesign or terminate their protection.