- The Washington Times
Friday, July 1, 2016

Several Uber-registered vehicles carrying Central American migrants were apprehended this month on their way to U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

On June 10, five vehicles carrying 34 migrants were apprehended while traveling together between the northern Mexican states of Zacatecas and Coahuila, said Segismundo Doguin, a Coahuila state official at the National Migration Institute, Reuters reported.

The drivers of the vehicles worked as contractors for Uber, but it was unclear whether the vehicles were hired through the ride-sharing app, Reuters reported.

Uber Mexico said in a statement that it bore no responsibility but was cooperating with authorities.

“The company does not own the cars registered on the platform, nor does it employ the drivers, who are independent contractors,” Uber said.

Only three of the drivers were registered in the Uber database, the company said.

The caravan was traveling from Matehuala to the city of Reynosa on the border with Texas. The migrants told investigators they each paid $162 for the trip, Mr. Doguin told Reuters.

“First we saw them on trains, then on buses, then on trucks and today we see them in rented vehicles,” Mr. Doguin said.

This isn’t the first time Uber-registered cars have been used to ferry migrants.

“About two months ago, seven other vehicles were detected in the area of San Luis Potosi state … and were also in the Uber system,” Mr. Doguin said.

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