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Secret Graves in Mexico Holding 59 Bodies Were Inside a Town

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Secret Graves in Mexico Holding 59 Bodies Were Inside a Town

SALVATIERRA, Mexico—Search teams continued excavating a site in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato Thursday where in the past week they have found 59 bodies in clandestine graves.

Especially striking about this discovery, but also a testament to the prevailing level of fear is that the site is in the town of Salvatierra, not a desolate area out in the countryside.

The head of the official National Search Commission, Karla Quintana, said Thursday in an interview with W Radio that people had to have known that bodies were being disposed of there.

“This place is in a neighborhood,” Quintana said. “To get there you have to pass homes, you have to pass streets … the people know.”

Quintana said the tip came about two weeks ago from relatives looking for missing loved ones. She said searchers have found indications of more bodies there, so the search continues. The goal is to recover the bodies, identify them, and return the remains to their families, she said.

Quintana said many victims seemed young and there were a significant number of women.

Quintana announced the find late Wednesday, calling it “a sad and terrible discovery.”

The bodies were extracted over the last week from 52 pits at a property in Salvatierra. The scene was considered dangerous enough that the army and National Guard provided security for the excavations. The area is near the border with Michoacan state and there is known to be a significant organized crime presence.

Guanajuato has the largest number of homicides of any state in Mexico, and has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Jalisco cartel and local gangs backed by the Sinaloa cartel.

It was the largest such burial site found to date in Guanajuato, though bigger clandestine burial sites have been excavated in the past in other parts of Mexico.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday the situation in Guanajuato is “very difficult.” He said the deployment of the National Guard in the state was at least allowing authorities to reach areas that were previously inaccessible due to the sway of organized crime.

By Mario Armas

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WASHINGTON鈥擳he White House has reduced the number of refugees that the United States will accept during fiscal year 2021 to 15,000. The number includes 6,000 spots that went unfilled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fiscal 2019, President Donald Trump set the refugee cap at 18,000 and, at the same time, issued an executive order that said cities and states had to opt-in to receive refugees. Trump has lowered the refugee ceiling each year he鈥檚 been in office. Former President Barack Obama had set the ceiling at 110,000 refugees for fiscal 2017, before leaving office. The reduced numbers take into account the backlogged asylum cases, which in 2019 was close to 1 million individuals, and remains that high, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and…


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