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Busload of Migrants Goes Missing in Mexico

Friday, April 30, 2010 |

At least 40 Mexican migrants who were traveling in a bus from the central state of San Luis Potosi to the United States have been missing for more than a month, a lawmaker said.

Fernando Rocha, a legislator in the neighboring state of Queretaro, told Efe that the bus left the town of Xilitla on March 17 en route for Texas and Florida, where the emigrants had pre-arranged jobs waiting for them.

Most of the people on the bus were from San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, and among them were several minors, said Rocha, who added that there were no women on board.

Rocha said that relatives of the missing men, after they received no word from their loved ones for a time, decided to report the situation to the public prosecutor’s office in Ciudad Valles, near the town from where the bus had departed.

The lawmaker added that two other buses with migrant workers on board that left from the area, known as Sierra Gorda, heading for the United States also are missing, but the number of people who were traveling on those vehicles is not known.

Press accounts say that the vehicles themselves and their drivers are also missing.

The missing migrants come from poverty-stricken families and had temporary contracts to work in the United States.

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5 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I truly feel for these workers. They abide by the laws of the land while trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. It breaks my heart. My prayer is that these migrants are found safe and without harm.

RiseMakaveli said...

I don't know what is going on here. It truly breaks my heart. Makes a person feel helpless.

Anonymous said...

Helpless is the correct word. :/

Anonymous said...

Wow we all fear going to hell but I think were already in hell!!

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine the purpose for abducting broke migrants trying to help their families. Makes your childhood fears of the boogy man seem not so far off. I hope they are returned safetly.

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