May 24, 2022

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New pilgrims with about 2,000 immigrants departed from southern Mexico

New pilgrims with about 2,000 immigrants departed from southern Mexico

(Tuxtla Gutiérrez) For the second time in less than a month, an immigrant caravan sailed from the border town of Tapachula in southern Mexico to the center of the country on Thursday, where immigrants ask for documents to turn around Mexican territory.

The group, made up of nearly 2,000 people from Central America, Haiti and Venezuela, is expected to leave the city on October 23 and join another caravan in what is now the southern state of Veracruz.

“The only way to stop the caravan is to sign the National Institute of Migration (INM) signing papers to travel across the territory,” said Louis Garcia Villagran, one of the group’s organizers.

The caravan, which also contained minors, proceeded along the coastal road in Chiapas State and crossed the migration checkpoint without incident.

“Immigrants are motivated and we hope the authorities will not arrest us,” Louis Garcia Villagran added.

Many immigrants from the first caravan, currently numbering about 800, have agreed to accept documents permitting temporary residency in Mexico, while others plan to continue their journey to the United States.

The influx of unregistered people has increased since Joe Biden came to the White House and promised to behave more humanely than his predecessors.

Mexican authorities counted 190,000 immigrants between January and September, three times more than by 2020. About 74,300 people were deported.

The United States recorded an estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrants from Mexico between October 2020 and last September.

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