A migrant caravan that left Tapachula, in southern Mexico, for the United States last Friday, was dissolved on Sunday (04.03.2022), after Mexican authorities agreed to speed up the immigration procedures of its members.
Luis García Villagrán, an activist who accompanies the migrants, said that the authorities agreed to transfer just over 200 people – mainly from Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, among other countries – to the states of Tabasco and Oaxaca, in the south. of the country, for its procedures.
The group had left on April 1 with the aim of reaching the border with the United States, although that same day they confronted agents of the National Guard and the National Migration Institute (INM) with stones and sticks.
After that confrontation, several migrants sewed their lips to demand that the authorities grant them documents that would allow them to travel through Mexican territory.
The INM asked migrants in a statement not to harm themselves “nor become hostages to the interests of third parties, who claim to defend their human rights, but motivate them to commit actions that damage their physical and psychological integrity.”
He pointed out that Mexican laws and regulations on the matter establish routes and assistance instances to maintain a safe, orderly and regular migration.
The strategy of the Mexican government has been to set up checkpoints on the migrants’ path, especially in Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, to stop their progress.
The number of people trying to reach the United States increased with the arrival of Democrat Joe Biden to the White House in January 2021.
Those who seek to enter through the southern border face numerous dangers in Mexico, in the face of criminals and human traffickers who transport them in subhuman conditions.
On December 9, a trailer carrying 160 irregular migrants crashed into a pedestrian bridge on a highway in Chiapas, leaving 56 dead.
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