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A history of incidents involving dead immigrants in the United States

A history of incidents involving dead immigrants in the United States

In recent years, the search for a new life in the United States has led many Latin American immigrants, but also from other parts of the world, to try their best to achieve it. But many died on their journey.

According to the latest report of the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), published in November 2022, more than 6,900 deaths have been recorded since 2014 during migration processes, mostly at the border crossing between the United States and Mexico and in the Darien Gap, a journey of several days in the jungle on the border between Colombia and Panama.

The most recent incident occurred on Tuesday, when 40 migrants died in a fire at an immigration detention center in Ciudad Juarez, bordering El Paso, Texas. Authorities are still investigating the cause, but Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the same migrants had set fire to the mattresses and that the fire was out of control.

Below is a compilation of some of the more serious incidents in the Americas where immigrants from the region died.

February 20, 2023, Mexico:

At least 17 migrants were killed when the bus they were traveling in crashed in the central Mexican state of Puebla.

Julio Huerta, secretary of the interior of Puebla state, said all the dead were immigrants, including from Venezuela, Colombia and Central America.

February 15, 2023, Panama:

In the western Panamanian city of Guadalajara, 39 migrants died and more than two dozen were injured when the bus they were on their way to shelter fell off a cliff.

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It was the worst road accident since Panama authorized the transfer of migrants by bus to a shelter on the Costa Rican border to continue their journey to North America, crossing the dangerous Darien forest on the border with Colombia.

June 27, 2022, USA:

In San Antonio, Texas, 53 migrants died after being abandoned in a cargo truck in high temperatures on a highway.

May 25, 2022, Mexico:

At least six migrants were killed and 25 injured, including some minors, when a US-bound passenger bus plunged into a canyon about 450 kilometers north of Mexico City.

January 4, 2022, Colombia:

The bodies of six migrants who tried to cross the border into Panama have been found on an uninhabited beach on Colombia’s northern Pacific coast.

December 9, 2021, Mexico:

A truck trailer carrying about 200 migrants crashed into the foot of a steel pedestrian bridge in Tuxla Gutierrez, capital of the southern state of Chiapas, killing 56 and injuring dozens.

October 12, 2021, Colombia:

Three migrants have died and a baby less than eight months old is missing after a boat capsized in the Colombian Caribbean trying to reach the coast of Panama. The Colombian navy identified the bodies found as lifeless as three adult women, two Haitians and a Cuban.

December 13, 2020, Venezuela:

About 20 Venezuelan migrants died in a shipwreck in the waters between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The ship was docked near Quiria in the northern Venezuelan state of Sucre after Venezuelan migrants were denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago.

July 23, 2017, USA:

Eight immigrants were found dead in a trailer under the sun in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. Two others died at the hospital.

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August 22 and 23, 2010, Mexico:

A truck carrying 72 migrants to the United States is stopped in the community of San Fernando in the state of Tamaulipas by a group of Los Zetas who, imprisoned on a farm, offer to join their ranks, most of whom refuse. And they are all fulfilled. They came mainly from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Brazil.

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