Reuters. On October 23, 2021, in Tapachula, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, immigrants from Central America and Haiti clashed with National Guard members as they traveled to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status. REUTERS / Jose Torres
By Jose Torres
TAPACULA (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants from Haiti, South America and Central America headed north from southern Mexico on Saturday, clashing with law enforcement agencies trying to stop the convoy.
In the latest mass movement of immigrants trying to move north through Mexico, some say they hoped to finally reach the U.S. border, where the number of immigrants trying to enter is already hitting new records.
About 3,000 people, including families of young children, set off on foot from the city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, to the Mexican capital on Saturday.
Irinio Mujica, one of the organizers of the caravan, said he was taking the group to Mexico City in protest of the lack of government support in the south, where authorities tried to stop thousands of migrants. -hold-migrants-far-us-border-2021-09-21, and demanding legal documents that allow immigrants to move freely in the country.
A highway checkpoint in Tapachula with about 400 law enforcement officers aimed to block their way, but many migrants were able to break through the past. A Reuters video showed people carrying backpacks and pushing through a cluster of officers in anti-riot gear with children on their shoulders as they tried to control the crowd.
A family, including a woman and a small child, fell to the ground, crushed and their belongings shattered.
Some migrants who tried to leave Tapachula for the north in September were brutally treated by Mexican officials and the government’s National Migration Institute has condemned the violence recorded in the video. https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-condemns-violent-actions-by-migration-agents-caught-video-2021-08-30
U.S. authorities arrested more than 1.7 million immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, the most ever recorded at https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-under-pressure-us-mexico-border-arrests- Reach-Record-High-2021-10-20.
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