Whistler (Mexico) – Mexican police and border agents dispersed a caravan consisting of hundreds of migrants from the southernmost tip. This is the fourth caravan official raid of this type in recent days.
The group, which included mainly Central Americans, Haitians and Venezuelans, spent the night at a Huixtla basketball court, 25 miles from Tapachula border city, where they waited for Mexican immigrants. Handling officials.
Just before dawn, however, police officers supported immigration agents in riot gear who rushed into the crowd to push many people onto trucks.
Hundreds fled to the river, hiding in trees.
“They started beating me all the time,” a woman cried, claiming that her husband had been beaten and that police had taken one of her daughters away from her.
She told the camera crew, “I won’t leave until they give my daughter to me,” But an immigration agent approached the woman, her husband, and other children and held them all.
Mexico has been under pressure from immigrants from the south, north and within its borders in recent weeks. Thousands of migrants have crossed the southern border and thousands more have been repatriated from the North. A U.S. court ordered that the Biden administration renew the visa for asylum-seekers. This is the long-awaited policy for Mexico.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Thursday that the strategy of curbing southern migration is untenable in itself and that the region needs more investment to prevent Central Americans from leaving their homes. .
In the past weeks, thousands of Haitian migrants who are trapped in Tapachula have been protesting more.
Mexico’s refugee agencies are already overwhelmed. This year, over 77,000 people have applied to Mexico for protected status. Of these, 55,000 are in Tapachula. Shelters are already full.