Mexican authorities rescued the lifeless body of Nicaraguan Luis Alberto Jiménez Meneses, 52, from the Rio Grande. The migrant died last Saturday, the same day his body was found in the afternoon.
Jiménez Meneses was trying to cross into the United States in search of the “American dream” near Colonia Misiones, in Mexico. The body of the Nicaraguan was stuck between the stones of the dangerous Rio Grande where migrants cross the Mexico-United States border.
The citizen was identified because he was carrying his identity card and driver’s license, which were disclosed on social networks to contact his family.
It transpired that Jiménez Meneses was originally from Granada and was a mechanic, but worked as a taxi driver. The Nicaraguan was traveling with his son Louis Ángel Jiménez Urbina, 28, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Last month there was a series of deaths of Nicaraguans fleeing the sociopolitical, economic and human rights crisis that the country has been going through since April 2018.
650 migrants died in 2021
Between January and August 2021, US authorities intercepted almost 41,500 Nicaraguans trying to enter the country illegally on its border with Mexico. The figure had been about 1,100 people in the same period of 2020.
Between January and November 2021, 650 people died when they tried to cross the border between Mexico and the United States, according to reports from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations agency that monitors migration. This figure exceeds the 275 and 265 deaths of 2020 and 2019, respectively.
US Customs and Border Protection. (CBP, for its acronym in English) recorded that the majority of migrant deaths at the border are related to exposure to heat. The US agency detailed 557 deaths on the southwest border during fiscal year 2021.