HUIXTLA, Mexico –
Mexico’s immigration authorities have issued nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas over the past few days to members of a migrant caravan that broke up Saturday in southern Mexico.
Hundreds of people are traveling north on buses while others are scattered across various towns north of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, resting or waiting to receive money from loved ones to continue their journey to America.
In its statement, Mexican immigration did not specify what documents were issued, but most migrants present documents that give them a month or more to leave the country. country or initiate routine procedures in Mexico. Most want to use the documents to get to the US border.
The migrant convoy left Tapachula on Monday. But it was split on Thursday, when regional leaders were meeting in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas to talk about migration and other issues.
US President Joe Biden and other Western Hemisphere leaders on Friday announced what is being billed as a roadmap for countries that host large numbers of migrants and refugees.
Meanwhile, the bus terminal in the southern Mexican town of Huixtla was packed with migrants looking for tickets to the north.
Alejandro Gonzalez Rincon, his cousin and 6 other friends from Venezuela were only able to get tickets to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, because all the other destinations they wanted, such as Mexico City, were already sold. end. Their plan, he said, is to move slowly towards the US border.
Eddy Jimenez, a Venezuelan, planned to return to Tapachula as soon as his cousin received their documents. He will wait there until relatives send him money to continue on his way north. He wanted to go to Mexico City and then Monterrey, a large city closer to the border.
Since October, Mexican authorities have disbanded other caravans by offering to move migrants to other cities where they can more quickly legalize their status. The aim is to ease migration pressure in the south.
Human rights groups have criticized the immigration authorities’ lack of transparency in carrying out these procedures. Advocates also say that authorities sometimes fail to honor documents.