Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Migrants didn’t get far: Chiapas caravan halted after 14 hours

The Mexico City-bound caravan of migrants that left the southern border city of Tapachula, Chiapas, on Saturday wasn’t on the road long: it was intercepted 14 hours later by the National Guard and immigration authorities, who returned the migrants to Tapachula.

The 3,000 migrants, mostly Haitians and Cubans, had been waiting in Tapachula for as long as six months for their immigration status to be regularized, allowing them to travel to the United States.

But under the Mexican government’s current policy, a permit for free passage through the country is no longer available.

After leaving Tapachula early Saturday morning, the migrants arrived in the municipality of Huehuetán around noon, escorted by an ambulance, police, representatives from the National Human Rights Commission and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Some of those who fell behind turned themselves in or were arrested by immigration authorities.

When the caravan arrived in Tuzantán, they were blocked by 300 National Guardsmen. The migrants asked the troops to let them pass, but allowed themselves to be arrested when police stood their ground.

The caravan was dissolved without a confrontation, and the migrants were returned to the Siglo XXI migrants’ center in Tapachula.

Source: Milenio (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
An overhead view of buildings in Jaguar Park in Tulum

Government says construction on Jaguar Park in Tulum will be done in 2 months

Construction is 92% complete, despite delayed environmental permits for a luxury hotel the military is building in the park.
The flags of Canada and Mexico

Canada opens 3 new visa application centers in Mexico

Now that most Mexicans need a visa to enter Canada, there is more demand than ever for Canadian visa services.
People shelter from the rain under umbrellas and ponchos in Mexico City

Heavy rain is in the forecast across Mexico this week

While meteorologists warn of flooding in low areas, reservoir levels in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León have gotten a much-needed boost.