Officials detain Uber drivers and their passengers. Officials detain Uber drivers and their passengers.

Illegal migrants are fares for Uber drivers

Immigration has found 14 migrants in Uber cars in 15 days

The people who are paid to move migrants through Mexico and over the border into the U.S. have found a new mode of transportation.

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The National Immigration Institute (INM) says it has detected the use of Uber, the app-based transportation service, by polleros, to transport migrants from San Luis Potosí to Monterrey.

In the last 15 days, the INM has found 48 migrants who were traveling in 10 cars affiliated with Uber or other similar services. Four vehicles were found carrying seven migrants on June 23 and all the drivers worked for Uber.

However, the rides weren’t booked with the app but directly with the drivers, who were being paid 3,000 pesos per undocumented passenger.

Those drivers were taken into custody and turned over to the public prosecutor.

Uber issued a statement yesterday saying that three of the drivers were in its database and have now been terminated. The fourth had previously been a driver.

The INM said Taxis Ejecutivos de Monterrey had also been implicated in the transportation of migrants.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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