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Central American Migrants Missing In Northern Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
López Obrador Office of Public Affairs
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 was KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City from 2016 to 2021.