Truck Carrying United States Visas Hijacked in Northern Mexico

A truck carrying United States visas for Mexican citizens was hijacked earlier this month and its contents stolen.

The story came to light after email messages were sent by U.S. officials to Mexicans whose visas were among those on the truck. They were advised that replacement visas would be shipped within days.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico said in a statement on Wednesday June 24th, that the theft took place June 7 “in northern Mexico” when a truck was carrying the documents from the U.S. to Consulates in Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Also stolen were some electronic border crossing cards; an alert has been issued so they cannot be used.

Reports indicate that the truck was hijacked in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. There has been no word on how many visas were on the truck.

The visa applicants were also advised to take measures to prevent the information on the cards from being used for identity theft.


Human rights activists say cartels will use stolen visas to move migrants across the border into the U.S.

The U.S. has had other visa problems this month as a result of a computer malfunction that has halted the visa process. The 50,000 visa applications received daily from around the world have been piling up since June 9 and as of Monday was the problem was not expected to be resolved until next week.

Among those affected were more than 1,000 temporary farmworkers from Mexico waiting at the border to work on the summer harvest. Visas have since been issued to 1,250 whose biometric data was already in the system.

The computer hardware problem is linked to that data and has prevented the transmission of fingerprints and photographs.


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