In Tapachula in southern Mexico, more than 2,000 people joined together in what is known as a caravan of migrants and headed north.
Most of them are Central Americans, but also Haitians and Africans, activist Ireneo Mujica of the Pueblo Seine Fronteras, who accompanied the migrants, said Saturday (local time).
Accordingly, they were able to move forward despite the deployment of personnel from immigration authorities and security forces. “If you want to stop us from crossing, that is your choice. But we go and no one is stopping us.”
The first destination for the caravan is Mexico City. Some immigrants said they wanted to go to the United States. “We are struggling to see if we can reach the northern border,” said Nicaragua Antonio Lopez (49).
He was stuck in Tapachula for five months, waiting for a chance to head north. Now he wants to go to Tijuana in search of the American Dream.
In August, Mexican security forces arrested several hundred Haitians, Cubans, and Central Americans who had left Tapachula. Mexico requires migrants applying for humanitarian or asylum visas to remain in the southern border state of Chiapas while their cases are processed.