A caravan of thousands of migrants, mostly Haitian and Central Americans, started making their way to Mexico City with the intent of reaching the U.S. border. Migrants clashed with immigration authorities and broke through blockades set in southern Mexico.
Officials estimate between 2,000 to 3,100 people formed the initial caravan over the weekend with additional migrants expected to join along the way, potentially swelling the group’s size to 5,000, Noticieros Televisa reported.
Although the migrants carried a sign which read, “migrants, peace, and justice,” the atmosphere became charged over the weekend when they encountered officers from the National Institute of Migration (INM), blocking a road in Tapachula, Chiapas.
Así superó la caravana migrante el primer cerco de policías y elementos de la Guardia Nacional en su camino rumbo a la Ciudad de México. pic.twitter.com/281BGXmwGX
— REFORMA Nacional (@reformanacional) October 23, 2021
The migrants pushed through lines of INM agents and Mexican federal forces who used batons, shields, and riot gear to stop the group. Activists have recently called out authorities for excessive force. WRadio reported that INM agents beat a child, causing head injuries.
The caravan has since pushed north to reach central Mexico. The development comes weeks after more than 14,000 migrants from Caribbean nations made their way to Del Rio, Texas, rapidly overwhelming the detention and housing capabilities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Breitbart Texas reported.
Currently, thousands of other migrants wait in Mexico’s southern border region for official travel documents to lawfully move about the country as registered for refugee assistance. Haitians now outnumber Hondurans in the number of applications submitted requesting refuge in Mexico, El Diario del Sur reported.
At the end of September, about 31,884 Hondurans submitted refugee applications in Mexico, while Haitians had submitted about 26,007, figures from Mexico’s government revealed. By mid-October, the number of applications from Haitians reached 33,000, outpacing the 32,000 from Hondurans.
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