Tapachula, Chiapas (Aug 28).- A new contingent made up of nearly 1,000 migrants left early this Sunday from Tapachula, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, bound for San Pedro, Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, in search of documents temporary that allow them to move to the northern border with the United States.
This caravan brings with it dozens of children and women who have placed themselves at the forefront of the group of undocumented immigrants, mainly from Central and South America, as well as from Africa.
It was around 05:00 local time (10:00 GMT) that the crowd with flags and some cardboard took to the streets and walked towards the coastal highway section Tapachula – Tapanatepec, where they will walk about 300 kilometers if the authorities allow them to advance freely.
The spokeswoman for this caravan of migrants, Ana Briseño, originally from Venezuela, indicated that the only thing they are looking for is to continue on their way to the United States.
“Those of us who are here have not committed any crime, we do not have to be in prison, what is required is a permit that allows us to arrive,” she argued.
He added that at the Siglo 21 immigration station they sign a permit where they surrender themselves to go to the border between Mexico and Guatemala, where they do not want to return because they no longer have the resources to return to their country, since their objective is to reach their Final destination: United States.
Erik Kaisen, a migrant from Quito, Ecuador, added that he left his country because of corruption and in search of a better future.
“I joined my wife, who is Venezuelan because many Ecuadorians arrived in San Pedro Tapanatepec, where they were given permission because they arrived in a caravan and received help to move forward,” he said.
In recent days, about 6 migrant caravans of about 400 or 500 people have walked out of Tapachula, who have decided to undertake the trip because they have not been able to complete the immigration procedures due to the long wait it takes them to go to government institutions in this border city with Guatemala.
Foreigners, especially women and men, describe Mexico as the “Metal Jungle” because they walk on hot asphalt that wears down the soles of their feet causing blisters and there is not enough water, food, and no presence of human rights organizations.
The caravans reflect a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has intercepted more than 1.7 million people so far in the fiscal year 2022, which began last October.
Source: El Universal