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Central American Migrants Missing In Northern Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
López Obrador Office of Public Affairs
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

MEXICO CITY — About 20 Central American migrants riding a bus through Mexico on their way to the U.S. disappeared last week. Some reports say they were kidnapped near the border with Texas by armed people, but the Mexican president has his own theories. 

Several media outlets in Mexico report that the migrants were forced off the bus, but some news reports give conflicting accounts. And they say governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca of Tamaulipas, where the incident happened, was negligent in investigating the case  and ignored the incident days ago.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the case is under investigation, and that the migrants aren’t missing.

“The hypothesis is that it’s a way for them [the migrants] to get into the U.S. territory, but it’s not that they disappeared,” López Obrador said.

López Obrador said that his government is working with Central American and U.S. authorities to collect more data.

Human rights organizations are pushing the Mexican government not only to protect migrants, but also to improve the security in the country, particularly in highly-violent states like Tamaulipas.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.