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Nearly 800 migrants found inside four tractor-trailers in Mexico

Migrants from Honduras march in a caravan toward the Mexican border, leaving Guatemala City on October 18, 2018. (Morena Perez Joachin/DPA/Zuma Press/TNS)

Mexico, under pressure to reduce migration to the U.S., detained 791 undocumented migrants riding in four tractor-trailers though Veracruz state, arresting the four drivers.

The country’s National Migration Institute (INM) confirmed the reports of a mass detention in a statement late Saturday, Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump has threatened Mexico with increased tariffs if it does not prevent the surge of migration, mostly from Central American nations, over the U.S. border.

It has become routine to transport migrants through Mexico in packed semis, the Associated Press noted, sometimes without food, water or enough fresh air.

The number of people fleeing poverty and violence and coming north has been increasing in recent years, even as the Trump administration cracks down and U.S. border officials decry the straining of their resources.

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