Federal agents detained 50 undocumented migrants found aboard an airliner preparing to take off from Cancun international airport bound for a city on the U.S. border, Mexico’s INM immigration agency said. INM said in a statement that Viva Airbus Flight 4210 for Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, was about to depart when it was delayed at the agents’ request to conduct an inspection.
The request came in response to an anonymous telephone tip that some of those aboard the plane “were foreigners who lacked proper migration documents,” INM said. In coordination with the Attorney General’s Office, the military, the CISEN intelligence service and Federal Police, the INM agents discovered the 50 undocumented migrants: 23 Salvadorans, 18 Cubans, five Guatemalans, two Hondurans, one Belizean and a citizen from Grenada.
The foreigners were taken to an INM office in Cancun to be identified and proceed to consular notifications before starting the administrative process for repatriation to their respective home countries.
How come we never hear the word “repatriation” here?