- Immigrants venture amid hurricanes and extreme weather in the United States.
- Despite the restrictions, a new migrant caravan is forming to head from Chiapas to the United States.
- “We want to go without hurting anyone,” said a migrant from the caravan.
They are heading towards the United States! A new caravan of Latin American citizens has formed in Tapachula, Chiapas, to head towards the Mexican border. Its initial purpose is to reach the border states of Mexico with the United States ignoring the clear warnings of US officials, who on more than one occasion have told them not to come because the border remains closed.
In the midst of the extreme weather that has hit certain states of the United States and the hurricanes that seem to form at any moment, the migrant caravan continues advancing and it won’t stop until it gets to Mexico’s border. There are hundreds of people who want to reach the country, regardless of the difficulties that they have to go through.
Border migrant caravan: The caravan left
According to the information provided by the Efe agency, a caravan of some 600 Central American, Haitian and Venezuelan migrants left the Mexican city of Tapachula, in the southeastern state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, heading to the United States this Saturday.
It is expected that in the coming days they can achieve their mission and reach the border states with the United States. However, it seems that they have forgotten that the country is currently going through a difficult situation; in several states, the arrival of strong hurricanes is expected that will probably affect the population.
Border migrant caravan: How the journey started
Around 8:00 local time (13:00 GMT), a first group of about 300 immigrants left the central park where they managed to walk about two kilometers before joining the road, reported the agency who has been on the lookout for what will happen in the next days with the group of migrants who want to reach the United States.
A couple of hours later, they made a stop and waited for a similar group of Haitian migrants who joined the caravan and left for the United States, Efe mentioned. It is expected that in a couple of hours they can reach the states of the basin of Mexico, where they will make short stops to rest.
Border migrant caravan: The story of a migrant
The Efe agency was able to obtain statements from one of the migrants who came in the caravan. The man mentioned that the only thing they hope for is to be able to reach the border states of Mexico with the United States and to be able to cross to the ‘other side’; They mention that so far their only request is for the government of Mexico, requesting their help to reach the country.
“What we want is to leave without hurting anyone in order to get to Tijuana, Hermosillo or Mazatlán, since 95% of the people want to reach the north of the country,” a Venezuelan migrant who asked the Mexican government for a corridor told Efe. humanitarian to get north.
Border migrant caravan: The situation in Tapachula
According to the Efe agency, Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, concentrates more than 125,000 immigrants, many of them sleeping in the streets, who have been denouncing for months the collapse of the Mexican municipality by the undocumented.
The situation has been deteriorating every time more migrants arrive in the Chiapas municipality, due to the fact that the standard of living and the security conditions have been worsening; The Government of Mexico, for months has tried to implement new security measures, both for migrants and their citizens due to the difficult situation they face.
Border migrant caravan: They have not been detained
The caravan has so far managed to advance only about seven kilometers in the midst of the strong heat and without being detained by the immigration authorities, the Efe agency mentioned. However, lMigrants will have to stay in shelters, waiting if they can enter the United States or not.
The Efe agency mentioned that the foreigners managed to pass the first checkpoint in the community of Viva México, the main exit from Tapachula, which leads to the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Despite this, the United States maintains the policy of Title 42 to expel immigrants who arrive at its border.
A lot of security in Chiapas
In the state of Chiapas there are more than 14,000 elements of the Army, Navy and National Guard to stop migratory flows from Central America, according to the agency. It would be expected that with such a number of security elements they would be sufficient.
However, the multiple officers have not been enough to stop the migrant flow. In the next few hours they will arrive in the center of the Mexican country, where they will have to face a large number of security but no official has given statements in this regard.
A massive increase
According to the Efe agency, migration increased in Mexico since October 2018, when caravans with thousands of migrants, mostly Central Americans, began to enter the country to reach the United States. Each year has become a major problem for both countries.
In Mexico, the border states are the most affected by the caravans that arrive since in the shelters there is not enough capacity and above all, the means to supply the needs of the group of people who are waiting to have an opportunity to cross To united states.
Biden and the program “Remain in Mexico”
When President Joe Biden arrived at the White House, he suspended his predecessor Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, which forced asylum seekers to await their hearing from Mexican territory, thousands of whom were stranded in border camps. , Efe pointed out.
So far, hundreds of migrants remain in border states waiting for their immigration hearings to be held and asylum applications to be approved. Unfortunately, as long as the restrictions continue, there is no practical solution.
Restrictions will follow
According to The Associated Press, a couple of days ago it was announced by a statement that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that the restrictions were extended again, at least until September 21 next, without establishing a date for their elimination.
The border will continue to remain closed and any entry into the country illegally will be dealt with quickly. For that reason, migrants have been asked to remain in safe areas and if they have applied for asylum to the United States, they will have to wait the necessary time to see if their application is approved.
“Remain in Mexico” will continue to work
It was recently announced that the decision of the Supreme Court to order that the immigration policy “Remain in Mexico” be restored, which has raised the concern of hundreds of migrants who will have to continue waiting in the border states for their request asylum is approved.
They are not the only ones concerned, as the Biden administration mentioned that it will continue to challenge a lower court order to reinstate the measure that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their petition is processed in US courts, according to AP. TO SEE VIDEO CLICK HERE
“They will continue to contest”
According to The Associated Press, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the government had appealed a district court decision from which the Supreme Court order emerged, and would continue to challenge it “vigorously” . It is expected that in the following months, the court will reach a final ruling.
“It could reset it on a very small scale for families that meet certain criteria for very specific nationalities, or it could do something on a larger scale,” said Jessica Bolter, an analyst at the Institute for Migration Policy in Washington, AP rescued.