Mexican President Announced Investigation Into The Disappearance Of 19 Migrants
Some parts of Mexico are incredibly violent. We have seen this through targeted kidnappings in specific areas of the country. In 2010, more than 11,000 migrants were kidnapped in six months. Almost five years ago, 43 male students disappeared after they were forcibly taken off buses in Mexico. Now, another similar situation is brewing.
Nineteen migrants were forcibly removed from a bus and are now missing.
Mexico president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that on March 17, migrants were taken off a bus by armed men. The migrants were traveling toward the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, which is less than an hour from McAllen, Texas. The bus driver told officials that 19 people were taken, but the number could be as high as 25, The Yucatan Times reports.
Obrador said they would investigate this situation because he says it’s very suspicious.
“We are investigating to get to the bottom of this because there’s a theory that this could be a way to get into the United States, that they didn’t actually disappear but rather crossed the border. There have already been two similar cases,” the president said according to The Yucatan Times.
According to the Associated Press, last month 25 migrants were kidnapped on a different bus.
Several news outlets report that in some cases, those kidnapped are already in the U.S., but advocates for the missing say each case should be handled severely.
“They are in a situation of vulnerability on multiple fronts that places them at extraordinary risk,” Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said in a statement.
Obrador has made it clear that under his administration they will take human rights seriously, including reopening the case on the 43 missing students.
The president said in 2018 that he would establish a “truth commission” to investigate the 2014 case of the missing students.
“I hope that we will soon know the truth. That there’s justice and an example is set so never again human rights are violated in our country so that no other Mexican suffers the disappearance of their children,” he said in a press conference.
In 2016, the Mexico government reportedly blocked any investigation about the missing students.
“The whole government is going to help with this plan and I can assure you that there will be no impunity either in this sad and painful case or in any other,” Obrador said.