Over 600 migrants found hidden in two trailers at border crossing

Mexican authorities on Sunday found more than 600 migrants hidden in two trailers at a port of entry in Veracruz state, according to a statement from the state government.

Reuters reports that the migrants, which included women and children, were taken to a safe location before authorities with the Mexican Navy searched the vehicles. It’s unclear if anyone in the trailers was injured.

The Veracruz incident was the second migrant rescue off the southern coast of Mexico in less than two weeks. On May 15, authorities recovered 323 people in two water trucks in separate incidents off the country’s Pacific coast, Reuters noted. The circumstances of the incidents have not been immediately clear.

Under new border policies put into place in June 2017, Mexico has found itself handling an ever-growing influx of migrants. According to Reuters, Mexico is on track to set a record this year, handling more than 600,000 migrants. In comparison, more than 450,000 had crossed into Mexico legally in 2016 and nearly 400,000 did so in 2017.

U.S. border officials say migrants have been making up an increasing percentage of individuals apprehended along the Mexican border. As of May 19, Border Patrol agents apprehended about 54,000 people along the border, or about 115 for every 100,000 of the entire population of the United States. The apprehensions are, according to the Associated Press, the highest of any year in recent memory.

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