Crime and Violence

Armed group invades National Institute of Migration in Veracruz, taking 13 immigrants

The Federal Attorney General’s Office (La Procuraduría General de la República -PGR) stated that a group of armed individuals entered the facilities of the National Institute of Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migración—INM) in the municipality of Acayucan, Veracruz, and took 13 Guatemalans who were detained in the facility. In a press release, the PGR reported that approximately thirty armed individuals, who were in two vehicles, went into the INM facility disarming the guard and subduing the staff, and proceeded to take the undocumented immigrants. They also took with them a federal vehicle that was later abandoned off of the Gulf Coast with direction towards the municipality of Coatzacoalco.

Although the PRG did not state the actual day and time the event occurred, they mentioned that during the invasion two migration officers were hurt and received medical attention. Although some sources such as La Jornada state that the armed group freed the immigrants, others, such as El Universal, say they were kidnapped.


Es Más. “Comando libera a 13 guatemaltecos del INM en Veracruz.” Es Más. 20 Abril, 2010.

La Jornada. “Libera comando a 13 guatemaltecos; hiere a dos guardias del INM.” La Jornada. 20 Abril, 2010.

El Universal. “Grupo armado secuestra a 13 migrantes del INM.” El Universal. 20 Abril, 2010.

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