Cancun, Q.R. — The Instituto Nacional de Migración of the state of Quintana Roo began public transportation inspections in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos Thursday.
Through an operation to locate undocumented immigrants, members of the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) randomly inspected combis in the three main tourist cities of the state. The deployment of immigration officers began at 10:00 a.m.
Numerous public transport units were stopped and inspected in an attempt to located undocumented non-Mexicans living in the area. More than a dozen officers made inspections to the public transportation units in the towns of Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Cancun, which are deemed places highly frequented by tourists.
Although the agency has not offered an official figure of the number of people arrested, according to preliminary reports, several people were taken to the institute to verify their legal stay in the country.
The state of Quintana Roo is one recorded as receiving the highest figure of migrants each year with 15,000 foreigners requesting legal stay in 2017. That figure, they say, is up considerably from previous years where INM processed between 2,000 and 3,000 applications annually.