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Mexico returns 25 bodies to Mexico from victims of a truck accident that left them exposed in the heat of San Antonio.

A mountain community in eastern Mexico mourned Thursday the return of three teenage migrants who were killed inside an abandoned asylum. It took days to prepare and raise funds for funeral costs. Truck in Southern Texas last month.

Residents of San Marcos Atexquilapan offered their help to the Olivares family in obtaining the bodies of Jair Valencia Olivares and Yovani Valencia Olivares (aged 19 and 16 respectively) and their cousin, Misael Olivares (16).

Women cleaned banana leaves to make tamales, men carried chairs from one house to another, while the boys’ friends plastered a wall with photos of all three.

Similar scenes of solemn preparation were seen across Mexico, as 16 bodies were lost. Tragic eventsOn Wednesday, they were flown back by two military planes and returned to their home towns. A minimum of one additional flight was planned for Thursday.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would bring back 25 of Mexico’s 26 victims in accordance with their families’ wishes.

In the days ahead, the repatriation was expected to continue. GuatemalaHonduras lost 21 and six of its citizens, respectively.

Ten The 53 victimsThe Olivares were teens. Men carried the caskets in darkness and placed them side-by-side, before a large crucifix that was protected by tarps. Friday will see the burial of the youths.

Hundreds of people from the area flocked to the families’ homes, which sit in a row. The teenagers were well-known because they all played for a local football club.

“I can’t accept it,” whispered Yolanda Valencia, the mother of Jair and Yovani.

Her sons wanted to build and open a store for shoemaking in the town of 1,500. “They went with a lot of goals that weren’t realised,” she said.

Investigating the smuggling rings that abandoned the trailer of people in the scorching heat on the outskirts continues, San AntonioOn a day when temperatures were nearing 38 degrees Celsius US authorities have arrested four people, including the truck’s driver.

The truck was carrying 67 people, according to Garduno at Mexico’s National Migration Institute. The trailer contained survivors who were suffering from heatstroke and exhaustion, according to US authorities.

During a meeting Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, earlier this week, US President Joe Biden called migration a “hemispheric challenge” for the Americas.

“My administration is leading the way to creating work opportunities through legal pathways,” Biden said, adding that Washington issued a record 300,000 temporary visas for Mexican workers last year.

Rights groups and advocates for migration have criticized the US, saying that it is not up to the mark. country’s deterrence policiesTransit can put asylum seekers and migrants at greater risk

For his part, Lopez Obrador called for an “orderly migration flow and allowing arrival in the United States of workers, technicians and professionals of different disciplines”.

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