… it’s a tragedy that exposes the monumental level of corruption that exists on the southern border.Alejandro Schtulmann, head of political risk advisory firm EMPRA, on a truck crash that killed dozens in southern Mexico on Thursday.
- On Thursday, a cargo truck smuggling approximately 200 people traveling to the U.S. southern border crashed, killing at least 55 and injuring over 100.
- According to Mexican federal authorities, the majority of people on the truck were from Guatemala, though there were also people from Honduras, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador aboard.
- After the crash, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador tweeted: “I profoundly lament the tragedy caused by the overturning of a trailer in Chiapas that was transporting Central American migrants.” In a news conference Friday morning, he said: “… the causes that originate these unfortunate events must be addressed.”
Big Picture: The U.S. government’s fiscal year (Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2021) recently came to a close while it marked the highest number of encounters ever seen along the southern border. Many believe economic collapse and poverty are contributing to the waves of people attempting entry, while others believe current immigration policies encourage further attempts. Meanwhile, Thursday marked the deadliest day for people migrating to the southern border since 2010, when 72 people were murdered by the Zetas drug cartel in Tamaulipas, a northern state in Mexico. Andrew Sellee, president of a Washington-based think tank on migration policy, said: “We urgently need to find ways of creating legal pathways for people to migrate instead of driving them further into the hands of smugglers and raising the risk of the journey.”
A Mexican Migrant Truck Crash Leaves at Least 55 Dead in Southern Mexico (The Wall Street Journal)
55 dead after truck smuggling migrants crashes in Mexico (Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,