TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – A migrant caravan of round 400 folks, together with many youngsters, set off from the southern Mexican metropolis of Tapachula for america on Saturday, simply a few days after safety and migration officers dispersed one other massive group.
Largely comprising Central Individuals and Haitians, the caravan left at round 7:30 a.m. native time from a park in Tapachula the place that they had been staying, ignoring an earlier try by safety forces to make them quit, a Reuters witness reported.
Many within the group, which included Venezuelans and different South Individuals, stated they had been fleeing poverty and violence at dwelling as they started trekking in direction of the city of Huixtla.
This week Mexican officers regularly broke up one other caravan as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated he wished undocumented migrants to remain in southern Mexico, whereas additionally urging the U.S. authorities to assist them discover work.
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Sharon, a 31–year-old Honduran sporting a Minnie Mouse face masks, stated after spending a yr dwelling in Tapachula struggling to help her three youngsters by promoting gum, she felt she needed to make a bid to achieve america.
“I’ve handed in paperwork, however nothing ever will get fastened,” she stated tearfully. “Simply appointments and extra appointments. I’m scared, but when I do not get out of right here, I am not going to get work,” she stated, declining to offer her final identify.
A few of the migrants travelling within the caravan earlier this week complained that they had been topic to brutal remedy by Mexican officers, and the federal government’s Nationwide Migration Institute condemned incidents of violence captured on video.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Tapachula, Mexico; Modifying by Dave Graham and Matthew Lewis)
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