A major Mexican railway operator announced on Tuesday that it is halting operations in northern Mexico due to the increasing number of unlawful migrants who have sustained injuries while attempting to climb aboard the trains.
Grupo Mexico, the conglomerate that owns Ferromex, stated in a translated press release that “nearly half a dozen unfortunate cases of injuries or deaths have been recorded among groups of people who, individually or in families, including girls and boys, boarded freight trains on their route to the north, despite the serious danger that this implies.”
The company said it will be halting impacted routes “to the north of the country” in an attempt to deal with the ongoing “social and humanitarian problem.”
In Torreón, Coahuila, an estimated 1,500 people were awaiting the trains’ arrival to board, Ferromex said. Similarly, another 800 people were waiting for trains to arrive in Irapuato.
An unlawful migrant from Venezuela who identified himself as Heyder told Reuters that he is planning to cross into the U.S. unlawfully after waiting more than three months for an opportunity to cross lawfully.
“We are risking everything aboard the train, our lives, everything,” he said on a phone call. “Because in our countries, there is no hope.”
Sixty trains have been halted at this time, equivalent to the stoppage of roughly 1,800 trucks.
Ferromex stated that clients have already been informed about the potential effects of the stoppage on “production chains, supply and international trade.”
This decision to temporarily stop operations could have a major impact on the economy. It is the largest freight train company in Mexico, with over 6,200 miles of track throughout the country, according to NBC News.
Despite the announcement from Grupo Mexico, many unlawful migrants are still waiting for the trains to arrive.
Pavel Aguilar Flores, an unlawful migrant from Venezuela, told AP News he has been waiting near the border for a train and had not heard anything about the stoppage of operations.
“I have heard there have been accidents, but not so many as people say,” he said, as reported by AP News. “You have to be careful and get on the train when it’s stopped, not when it’s moving.”
In the U.S., the effects of the unlawful migrant crisis have spread across the country.
All the way up in New York, Mayor Eric Adams claimed that the “issue will destroy New York City” after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bused unlawful migrants from overwhelmed border towns in his state northward to “sanctuary cities,” as previously reported by The Dallas Express.