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Migrants in southern Mexico are demanding conditions to avoid tragedies like the one in Texas

Tapachula (Mexico), June 30 (EFE) – A caravan of migrants on the southern border of Mexico demanded conditions this Thursday to travel safely and avoid a similar tragedy in Texas, United States, where 53 migrants have died since Monday. enclosed in a trailer.

A caravan of thousands of migrants set to leave Tapachula on the Guatemalan border this Friday has asked the Mexican government for buses through a humanitarian corridor that reaches Nuevo León, a state that borders the United States.

The migrants said they are carrying about 400 pregnant women and 1,000 children who will travel along the coastal highway to reach the immigration customs office in Huixtla, Chiapas.

Jonathan Enrique Ávila, a migrant from Venezuela, said that if the buses had to pay for fuel, they would all be willing to cooperate to avoid more risks in transit.

In this new speech, he estimated that about 8,000 people from countries such as Venezuela and Haiti, regions such as Africa and Asia, and even accompanying Mexicans who are also trying to cross into the United States, could walk.

“We ask the Mexican authorities to protect us on the highways and always go with us because this is a peaceful caravan march,” Avila said.

Migrants stranded in southern Mexico expressed their solidarity with the 53 migrants who died after they were found abandoned in a trailer in the US city of San Antonio, Texas on Monday, including 27 Mexicans, 7 Guatemalans and 14 Hondurans.

Fearing a similar fate, Venezuelan Hilbert Silva demanded that the Mexican authorities respect their human rights and allow them to travel freely because they are not trying to stay on national territory.

“What we need is to get out of Tafachula, because under the roof of the park, where there are sick children and women, we are all sleeping on the ground,” he said.

Despite the risks, his compatriot Victor Arenas warned that the caravan is not going to stop.

“Right now we may be 1,000 or 2,000, but on Friday the number of people who need documents to come to the United States will increase,” he said.

In the bicentenary park of Tafachula, the main point of origin of the caravans, migrants concentrate to leave on foot, because they did not find the speed of obtaining a temporary travel permit in their procedures.

Other groups of migrants submitted their identity cards to the regulation offices of the National Institute for Migration (INM) because they believed they could be granted a temporary 30-day permit to move within the national territory and were not part of this migrant caravan.

The caravans reflect a record migration flow into the United States, where CBP found more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants at the Mexican border in fiscal year 2021, which ended Sept. 30.

Source: El Diario





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