A 2-year-old baby who was found a few days ago abandoned next to a truck carrying a hundred migrants returned this Friday to his native Honduras, the Mexican Government reported this Friday.
“Officials for the Protection of Children and Attention to Vulnerable Groups (OPI) of the National Migration Institute (INM) of the state of Veracruz handed over to the under 2 years old man who, with a naked torso, was abandoned 19 days ago, “the INM reported in a statement.
The baby was found in the brush next to a highway in the eastern state of Veracruz, after traveling in “overcrowded conditions with a hundred migrants” inside a truck.
After landing at the Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport, located 11 kilometers from the city of San Pedro Sula, elements of protection to the childhood of the Honduran Government assumed the guardianship of the baby.
It is expected that in the next few hours he will be taken with his relatives and “thus complete the reunification process previously mandated by Mexican authorities.”
Before midnight, the infant, “in perfect health conditions”, and three other young minors, were transferred from a state shelter to the Veracruz International Airport and from there to Mexico City, where they left this Friday. bound for this Central American country.
In the first days of July, it was announced through the media that a woman living in Honduras claimed that the child, found by agents of the National Guard and the INM on June 28 in the state of Veracruz, it was his son.
“He affirmed that next to his father, the minor left for Mexico days before with the intention of reaching the United States,” according to the bulletin.
Mexican authorities and Honduran they carried out “kinship verification” in order to “guarantee the principle of family reunification.”
The region is experiencing an unprecedented wave of migration and in recent years there have been several caravans of Central Americans fleeing their countries to Mexico and the United States.
According to the most recent figures from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), more than 180,000 migrants were arrested along the US border last May, the highest number in more than two decades.
In June, CBP announced a drop in immigration detention at the Mexican border, with nearly 95,000 people.
At the same time, the Mexican government received a historic 51,654 requests from migrants seeking asylum in the country in the first half of 2021, the highest number for a similar period.