After weeks walking, Mexico migrant caravan splits up on buses headed north


Source: Reuters

Several hundred migrants that left southern Mexico in a caravan two months ago began boarding buses to northern Mexico on Wednesday, after reaching a deal with the Mexican government that will bring them closer to their dream of reaching the United States.

The caravan left the southern city of Tapachula near Mexico’s border with Guatemala in late October with some 3,000 people, but hundreds gave up the tough journey as they trekked on foot for weeks.


Mexico breaks up second migrant march


Source: ABC News

Mexican authorities say a group of hundreds of mainly Haitian and Central American migrants who had started walking north have agreed to be separated and taken by bus to several cities to apply for humanitarian visas.

The migrant march had set out on Nov. 18 with about 2,000 migrants from the southern city of Tapachula.


Mexico allows some in migrant caravan to stay, others push to US


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico says it has granted documents to allow more than 1,500 migrants and asylum seekers who began marching in a north-bound caravan last month to stay and work in the country.

About 3,000 people were in the caravan as it left the southern border city of Tapachula on October 23, with organisers initially planning to head to Mexico City to demand refugee status. Last week, organisers said the dwindling group would instead push on towards the US-Mexico border.


US-bound migrant caravan slowly making its way north


Source: Al Jazeera

Thousands of migrants from Central America and the Caribbean travelling in a caravan are making their way across Mexico, hoping to reach the US border, and heaping pressure on the Biden administration.

About 2,000 migrants, among them many families with small children, were trekking on Wednesday in the scorching heat of Huixtla, a city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.


Security forces fail to prevent 2,000-strong migrant caravan heading north from Tapachula


Source: Mexico News Daily

A large migrant caravan is heading north after leaving Tapachula, Chiapas, where National Guard troops in riot gear were unable to stop it despite a blockade across the highway on Saturday.

As many as 2,000 migrants set off from Bicentenario Park in Tapachula at around 7:00 a.m. and marched north up the main highway. The National Guard attempted to block their path near the town of Viva México but the front of the caravan charged the police line and, amid chaotic scenes, crowds of people ran past the authorities, who were unable to deter the surge.


Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico


10/15/19 – AP News

By Benjamin Alfaro and Amy Guthrie

Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States.

The group set out before sunrise Saturday from the town of Tapachula, where many had been marooned for months unsuccessfully trying to get transit visas. They carried heavy backpacks, babies and parcels on their heads.

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‘We’ve been taken hostage’: African migrants stranded in Mexico after Trump’s crackdown


09/30/19 – The Guardian

By Jo Tuckman

Neh knew she was taking a risk when she got involved with English-language activists in mostly-Francophone Cameroon.

She had no way of know that her decision would eventually force her to flee her country, fly halfway across the world and then set out on a 4,000-mile trek through dense jungle and across seven borders – only to leave her stranded in southern Mexico, where her hopes of finding safety in the US were blocked by the Mexican government’s efforts to placate President Donald Trump’s anti-migrant rage.

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More than 1,000 migrants break out of Southern Mexico detention center

4/26/2019 – The Hill

captureBy Rachel Frazin

About 1,300 migrants escaped from a detention center in Mexico Thursday night, according to Reuters.

The Mexican National Migration Institute said in a statement that about 700 of the escapees, most of whom are Cuban nationals, had been returned to the facility but that 600 had not been located Thursday.

Reuters reported that the Estación Siglo XXI detention center is located in the city of Tapachula, which is near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

The government agency said that there had not been a confrontation between the migrants and authorities.

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Cuba detente creates migrant crisis in Mexico

11/9/2015 The Financial Times

“They have to move faster, there are a lot of people waiting here without adequate living conditions,” said Lionel Hernández, 28, huddling with other Cuban migrants in the doorway of the Tapachula migration office in southern Mexico to escape the pounding rain.

A young woman from Havana looked in dismay at a soggy stack of papers. She had scrawled down the names of hundreds of fellow Cubans gathered outside the Tapachula facility to help Mexican migration authorities process their requests for transit visas. “There are more than 170 Cubans here now, but more keep arriving,” she said, sighing. “It is impossible to count them all.”

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