Tapachula, Mexico, Nov 26 (EFE).- Three new migrant caravans left Tapachula in Mexico’s southeastern state of Chiapas on Friday with the aim of reaching Mexico City to regulate their immigration status.
Around 2,000 people are part of this seventh caravan that has been divided into three groups. The first made up of about 1,000 left on Thursday night, the second contingent made up of about 600 left at dawn on Friday and the third group of about 600 was also to leave Friday morning.
The first caravan made up mostly of Haitians has walked about 41 kilometers, the second contingent has walked 26 kilometers to Huehuetán.
The National Institute of Migration (NIM) reiterated that it will continue with its bus transfers, and will organize and order the migrants to continue their regularization process.
Luis Rey García Villagrán, director of the Center for Human Dignification, said that in under 24 hours he was able to transport more than 2,000 people on buses.
In Mapstepec, 179 migrants from the caravans of Oct. 23 and Nov. 18, remain in the central park and have declared a hunger strike because there were not enough buses to transfer them to 10 other states in the country with others.
Luis Enrique is another migrant from Honduras who is upset by the lack of attention from Migration, so he decided to leave to get where they can process his stay in Mexico.
The first caravan will arrive in Huixtla where they will rest and in the early morning they will resume their walk to Villa Comaltitlán.
Another fourth group that left Tapachula in a caravan gave up walking to wait for the bus transfers offered by the NIM.
Meanwhile, another migrant caravan made up of several hundred people walked Friday through the eastern state of Veracruz, but fatigue meant that, as has happened in recent days, dozens surrendered to the immigration authorities.
It is estimated that now this contingent, which has covered more than 600km and has been on the road for more than a month, is made up of about 300 people.
The migrants left the town of Isla on Friday for the municipality of José Azueta, some 25 kilometers away. In addition, it is expected that on Friday or Saturday they will arrive at Loma Bonita.
But the contingent is already severely depleted and dozens have surrendered to the NIM support group under the promise of being regularized in different states of the country.
The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection recorded more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants on the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended on Sep. 30.
Mexico has recorded more than 190,000 undocumented immigrants from January to September, about triple the number of 2020, in addition to having deported almost 74,300, according to the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Interior Ministry. EFE