- A new migrant caravan sets off from the Mexico-Guatemala border.
- Some 200 migrants, including Venezuelans, Haitians, Cubans and Central Americans, are headed to the United States.
- This is the seventh caravan so far this year.
Some 200 migrants, including Venezuelans, Haitians, Cubans and Central Americans, left on Monday in a new migrant caravan. It’s the seventh so far this year. They gathered in the Mexican city of Tapachula, in the Chiapas state bordering Guatemala, to continue their route to the United States, according to EFE.
The caravan departed from the Siglo XXI migration station headed for the community of Álvaro Obregón, a first stop about 15 kilometers from Tapachula, where they will set up a temporary camp pending a dialogue with authorities from the National Migration Institute (INM).
Migrant caravan makes unusual request
This new group of migrants, like the six that preceded them, has not waited for the regularization process carried out by the immigration authorities in Tapachula and made the decision to group together and walk along the coastal highway to the community of Alvaro Obregon.
A migrant from Cuba, named Carlos, told EFE that the only request made by this group of migrants is to have free transit through Mexico, since they don’t want to stay in Mexican territory. “The only thing we are looking for is to be granted a visa for humanitarian reasons because it’s the only way we’ll be able to advance to the northern border,” he explained. Filed Under: Migrant caravan on the border.
“We want visas, we want visas!”
While Abel García, a migrant from Venezuela, recalled that other migrants who have walked in a caravan in previous weeks, have gotten a response from INM. Therefore, he said, the idea is to reach the community of Álvaro Obregón where there have been negotiations between migrants and immigration authorities.
“We want visas, we want visas!” This the migrants’ slogan as they faced the harsh climate and walked on the burning asphalt. On April 30, the sixth migrant caravan advanced 40 kilometers, until it reached the municipality of Huixtla, where it turned itself in to INM agents. Filed Under: Migrant caravan on the border.
Mexico takes action against hundreds of thousands of immigrants
Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021, according to data from the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Ministry of the Interior. In addition, Comar received a record 131,448 refugee applications in 2021. Of these petitioners, more than 51,000 are Haitians.
Mexico’s INM recently reported that between January 1 and April 13 of this year it intercepted 115,379 migrants, of which 15% were minors, mainly from Central American nations. While in fiscal year 2022, which started on October 1, 2021, 1,060,094 migrant encounters have already been recorded on the southern US border, according to data from the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP). Filed Under: Migrant caravan on the border.
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