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Migrants Killed Near U.S. Border; Traffic Deaths Expose Dangers for Migrants Traveling Through Mexico

HeadlineOct 02, 2023

In Mexico, two Mexican migrants were killed Friday in a shooting near the border city of Tecate in Baja California state. Three others were wounded. The group of 14 migrants were crossing the Cuchuma Hill in the middle of the desert, a site that’s sacred to local Indigenous communities and a common route used by drug traffickers and human smugglers. Mexican officials said the cause of the shooting is not known. Harsh border policies have forced migrants heading to the U.S. border to rely on smugglers and crossing through remote and dangerous areas, where they’re vulnerable to extortion and violence from Mexican law enforcement and drug groups.

In related news, at least 10 Cuban migrants were killed and over a dozen others injured Sunday after the freight truck they were riding in crashed on a highway in the state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala. Another migrant from Ecuador also died in a crash in the city of Mexicali, across the border from Calexico, California, after being taken into custody by Mexican immigration officials, whose van hit a bus and then a utility pole. At least 10 other migrants from Guatemala and Colombia were also wounded in Saturday’s accident.

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