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Immigration minister resigns in Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The head of Mexico's National Migration Institute has resigned
  • Her departure comes less than a month after 72 migrants were killed
  • The state-run news agency gave no formal reason for her departure

(CNN) -- The commissioner of Mexico's National Migration Institute has resigned, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

No reason was given for the departure of Cecilia Romero Castillo.

Castillo took the job in December 2006. Superiors praised her efforts to restructure and modernize the institute and train immigration agents in human rights, the news agency reported.

It also noted, though, that her resignation came after the discovery in late August of 72 bodies of people who investigators believe were killed while en route to the United States. The bodies were found in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Three people are believed to have survived the massacre. Officials said a preliminary investigation shows that the Zeta drug cartel was responsible.