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The crimes committed by Central and South American migrants in Mexico
The majority of the arrested migrants are detained or imprisoned in 44 jails in five states - Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP

The crimes committed by Central and South American migrants in Mexico

05/05/2019
14:13
Horacio Jiménez
Mexico City
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Julio “N”, a 38-year-old Honduran man, was arrested in 2014 and was sentenced to 60 years in jail for homicide, first-degree murder, and organized crime

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Between 2004 and March 2019, at least 431 migrants from Central and South America have been arrested, accused of crimes such as theft, homicide, extortion, rape, drug trafficking, kidnap, and carrying firearms exclusively permitted for military use.

According to reports sent by the governments of Chiapas, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Yucatán, and the State of Mexico to the lower chamber, the majority of arrested migrants are detained or imprisoned in 44 jails in those five states.

The majority of the detainees are Guatemalan, 178 have been arrested; 164 Hondurans; 70 Salvadorans; 11 Nicaraguans, and one citizen from Belize. Nevertheless, Chiapas authorities report 5 Colombians, one Cuban, and one Ecuadorian arrested.

The state with the largest number of detained migrants in Chiapas, with 268 migrants arrested; followed by Tamaulipas, 86; the State of Mexico, with 46 arrested; Baja California, 29, and Yucatán with only 2 migrants arrested.

On December 6, the lower chamber requested all local and federal entities to report the number and legal status of the Central and South American migrants imprisoned in Mexico.
Nevertheless, only Baja California, Tamaulipas, Yucatán, Chiapas, and the state of Mexico have provided this information.

Among the crimes reported in the official documents are felonies such as kidnaps, rape, attacks against the safety of a community, organized crime, homicide, theft, vehicle theft, injuries, criminal association, and burglary, as well as drug sale, carrying firearms exclusively permitted for military use, gang-related activities, forced entry, attempted manslaughter, possession of a stolen vehicle, and violating the Mexican laws in regards to exhumations and inhumations.

 

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Crimes

Pedro “N” was detained in 2007 and is serving two sentences for kidnap and organized crime. He was sentenced to 31 years, 10 months, and 15 days in prison. Besides this sentence, since 2008 he has been serving 30 years in prison for homicide and has a pending investigation for crimes against public health.

Another example is a 40-year-old Honduran imprisoned in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, since 2011. He is identified by five different names and was sentenced to 11 years, 4 months, and 15 days in jail for aggravated robbery and kidnap. He is also facing other charges, including using a stolen car, crime association, and kidnap.

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