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Mexican immigrant caravans continue their desperate journey to the United States

Thousands of migrants arrive in the town of Wistra, about 40 km from where it began on Monday. At the Summit of the Americas, local leaders will meet to come up with arrangements to control the flow of immigrants.

Mexico has forcefully disbanded small caravans this year, but more recently by offering transportation to other cities further north that can legalize their position. (AP)

Thousands of migrants continue to roam southern Mexico, covering the ground while authorities have yet to show signs of trying to stop them.

This year’s largest immigrant caravan provided live illustrations to local leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on Tuesday on the challenges the government faces in managing the flow of immigrants.

Mexico has forcefully disbanded small caravans this year, but more recently by offering transportation to other cities further north that can legalize their position.

Immigration advocate Luis Garcia Villagran, who travels with the caravan, said negotiations for such a resolution had already taken place, but nothing had been settled.

The caravan arrived in the town of Wistra on Tuesday. It is about 40km from Tapachula and departed on Monday.

Suppress immigration

Mexico sought to contain immigrants to the south, far from the US border. However, many are complaining about the slow bureaucratic process of normalizing their status and the lack of employment opportunities to provide them to their families.

Mexico’s asylum agencies have been overwhelmed by demands in recent years, as they have few options other than demanding asylum to allow migrants to travel freely. Last year, Mexico received more than 130,000 asylum applications, more than triple the previous year. This year, requests are already 20 percent higher than last year.

The phenomenon of immigrant caravans began in 2018. Previously, smaller annual caravans moved to Mexico to highlight the plight of immigrants, but there was no clear goal to reach the border with the United States.

But then thousands of migrants began walking together, betting on the security of the numbers and the increased likelihood that government officials would not stop them. It worked at first, but nowadays the Guatemalan and Mexican governments are working much more aggressively to dissolve the caravan before it gains momentum.

While caravans have received media attention, immigrants traveling in caravans represent a small part of the flow of immigrants who bring people to the US border every day, usually with the help of smugglers.

US Summit

The Biden administration wanted to come up with a regional agreement on controlling the flow of immigrants at the summit, but the presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not present.

30-year-old Keira Lara from El Salvador was walking on the freeway with three of her four children on Tuesday. She had just arrived in Mexico a week ago and she attended the caravan on Monday to hear about her first summit. She said government officials demanded money from her at all the borders they crossed.

Among the leaders in Los Angeles this week, she asked, “They let us through and the government doesn’t have that much corruption, because that’s why people move.”

Source: AP

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