New migrant caravan leaves for U.S.-Mexico border
About 500 people left Tapachula, in southeastern Mexico, on Monday, Aug. 22.
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The reason for a new 500-person migrant caravan heading for the U.S. border through Mexico is because those same migrants were not able to regularize their immigration status at the Mexican-Guatemalan border.
The group of migrants is mostly made up of people from Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador and Ecuador.
They left from the Miguel Hidalgo Central Park in Tapachula, Mexico with their entire families, some of them alone, carrying suitcases of clothes, bottles of water, umbrellas, cardboard and cars to transport their children.
Not being able to obtain their papers from the Mexican authorities forced them to leave in the new caravan along with the lack of money and food.
In an interview with EFE, César Cancino from Honduras said that he had been in Tapachula for more than four months before they gave him a visa. However, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of Chiapas, authorities tore up the document because they didn't accept it.
"We are not here to make the invasion, we are here to have the American dream, I have not eaten for four days, all my things have been stolen, I have been assaulted and mistreated, and another of the cases is that my family is sick," he said.
The migrants passed through Viva Mexico, some six kilometers north of Tapachula, where they crossed the first migratory checkpoint without incident.
Miguel Castro from Venezuela said that the main focus of the new march is to advance peacefully because many of the migrants have already crossed several countries and Mexico is the last place before reaching the United States.
The migrants plan to walk some 300 kilometers from Tapachula to San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, where they are being issued Multiple Migratory Forms (FMM), a transit document to be able to move legally through Mexican territory.
This caravan reflects a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has intercepted more than 1.7 million people so far in the 2022 fiscal year 2022, which began in October.