X-ray of a truck at in Mexico reveals 51 migrants - including 21 children - cramped on board

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More than 50 migrants including 21 children were found piled into the back of lorry in Mexico, after officials used an X-ray scanner at a checkpoint.

Shocking footage shows 51 people, mostly from Central America, cramped into the back of the transit lorry.

Week - White - House - Footage - Migrants

It comes just a week after the White House released similar footage showing 35 migrants crossing into Arizona.

The group, from Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, are now being held in custody in Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM), government officials said.

Home - Countries

They will be returned to their home countries.

It comes as Mexican officials have captured more than 200 migrants hidden in trucks over the past two days, including dozens spotted by a large X-ray scanner huddled in secret compartments.

Country - Migration - Pressure - US

The country is cracking down on migration under pressure from the US.

An additional 228 hidden migrants were found in a routine search of a soft drink transportation truck in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday, Mexico's security ministry said in a statement.

Apprehensions - Weeks - Appointment - Prisons - Chief

The apprehensions come weeks after the appointment of hard-charging former prisons chief Francisco Garduno as the new head of Mexico's immigration authority, the National Migration Institute (INM).

Under Garduno, the agency has made a number of high-profile captures of migrants smuggled in commercial vehicles. The weekend Garduno took office, INM found 800 people in four trucks in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Mexico - Efforts - Record - Flows - Guatemalans

Mexico's stepped-up efforts to stop record flows of mainly Guatemalans, Hondurans and El Salvadorans reaching the United States follow a June 7 deal under which Mexico averted tariffs threatened by President Donald Trump with a promise to use security forces to intercept more undocumented migrants.

In another video of the X-ray-assisted detention released by Mexican authorities, an official approached the cargo vehicle at night to open the door to one of the crates. Sobs emerged from the...
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