Several days of rain might have been the cause of a derailed cargo train filled with migrants from Mexico and Central Americans en route to the United States on Wednesday. The train derailed near the Mexican state of Oaxaca leaving about 1,300 stranded but no injuries, Reuters reported.
A spokesperson for local emergency services told Reuters most of the migrants were “young people.”
This comes as no surprise as the number of children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras illegally crossing the border has increased drastically since last October.
Children are desperately trying to escape the gang violence and poverty plaguing their home countries, and often make the train journey to the U.S. alone.
This issue made headlines Wednesday when President Obama declined Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s request to visit the border, where more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught crossing.
"There’s nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on," he said in a press conference in Texas.
President Obama is seeking approval $3.7 billion to deal with the child migrant issue.