A caravan of 2,000 migrants leaves Tapachula, Chiapas, heading to the center of Mexico

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The migrants seek to show the human pain and the difficulties they endure on their journey through Mexico. Since the beginning of the year, the detentions of foreigners have intensified following agreements between the governments of Mexico and the United States to address the growing migratory flow.

About two thousand migrants left the southern border of Mexico on Monday in a caravan called “Migrant Via Crucis 2024” that aims to reach the center of the country, where foreigners hope to continue their procedures with Mexican authorities or move on to the United States.

With the mobilization, which departed at dawn from the border city of Tapachula, in the state of Chiapas, the migrants seek to show the human pain and the difficulties they suffer in their journey through Mexico, such as robberies, rapes, extortions, kidnappings, and even death, indicated activists accompanying the contingent.

The migrants “have to walk in the sun or in the rain for kilometers and kilometers enduring hunger. Who can withstand that?” expressed Father Heyman Vázquez Medina, a member of the Catholic Church’s Pastoral of Human Mobility.

The priest considered that Mexico’s migration policy has not been clear because it does not resolve regularization procedures and prevents migrants from boarding public transport to move north, but allows them to walk on the highways where they are detained for deportation.

The coordinator of the local civil organization Centro de Dignificación Humana AC, Luis García Villagrán, joined the questioning, accusing the Mexican government of toughening the strategy against migrants and relentlessly pursuing them.

At least about 300 migrants who were tired of waiting for the National Migration Institute to grant them a document that allows them to legally transit through Mexico advanced to enter the national territory.

At least about 300 migrants who were tired of waiting for the National Migration Institute to grant them a document that allows them to legally transit through Mexico advanced to enter the national territory.

“They want to stop these massive flows, and they have not been able to control them. The only beneficiary in these human knots is organized crime,” assured García Villagrán.

Since the beginning of the year, immigration authorities have intensified the detention of foreigners following the agreements reached between December and January by the governments of Mexico and the United States to face the growing migratory flow. Despite the operations, thousands of migrants have continued to arrive at the northern border to try to cross into the United States.

Guatemalan Daniel Godoy decided to join the via crucis with his wife and two children after waiting four months without a response to the regularization procedures.

“There was still no date for the card, for the permit. We decided to come on our own,” said Godoy as he walked along a road in Chiapas.

The man carried his two-year-old girl on his shoulders, and his wife carried a baby of just six months.

Source: Sin Embargo