© Reuters. Members of the Mexico’s National Guard journey in a truck as migrants, principally Haitians, stroll in a caravan heading to the U.S. border, close to Tapachula, Mexico November 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
By Jose Luiz Gonzalez
TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Hundreds of Central American and Haitian migrants fashioned a new caravan on Friday in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, close to the Guatemala border, and commenced strolling north towards the United States.
The migrants stated they needed to go away Chiapas as they’d not been given humanitarian visas promised by Mexico or transferred to different elements of the nation the place they might have higher residing circumstances.
About 1,000 migrants, many carrying youngsters, early on Friday started strolling from Tapachula, a metropolis bordering Guatemala, to Mapastepec, about 100 km away (62.1 miles), the place they plan to hitch one other group of migrants, caravan organizers stated.
A day earlier, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) started transferring lots of of migrants to different elements of the nation after they’d spent months ready in Tapachula for a response to requests for refuge or humanitarian visas.
The migrants have been additionally supplied paperwork for a brief authorized keep in Mexico that may enable them to search for jobs, defusing threats to start out strolling towards the U.S. border.
However, many migrants in Tapachula weren’t transferred elsewhere or didn’t obtain humanitarian visas, and so they joined these heading towards the United States.
“We need to work to support our family and that is why we decided to do this, to leave in the caravan,” stated one Haitian migrant, accompanied by his spouse and members of the family, who declined to be recognized.
Luis Garcia, one of the caravan organizers, stated about 1,500 persons are anticipated to go north from Mapastepec on Tuesday. In the previous, migrants have refused to just accept authorities support as a result of of the concern of being deported.
Earlier on Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) stated it found that final yr a minimum of three Haitian asylum seekers in Mexico have been deported to their nation.
The Mexican National Migration Institute didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark in regards to the circumstances.
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