Two caravans with 4,300 migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Central America departed Monday from the city of Tapachula, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, despite the fact that they have not received permission to cross the Aztec country. In fact, they claim to have taken to the road in protest.
Their goal is to reach the municipality of Huixtla, some 40 kilometers away, where they are waiting for migration authorities to give them temporary permits to leave Chiapas. Most of these immigrants would have as their primary goal to reach the United States. The spokeswoman for one of the caravans, Alexa, a native of Venezuela, assured that this is precisely their objective.
According to DW, the caravans initially consisted of some 600 children, 1,200 women and 2,000 men. They departed at noon on Monday, and were later joined by another 400 people in an irregular migratory situation.
A caravan of migrants of various nationalities began their journey to northern Mexico from Tapachula, due to the refusal of the immigration authorities to grant them a permit to transit through the territory of that country, some of them have been waiting for up to ten days. pic.twitter.com/xt0XpymF8K
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