Hundreds of Cubans stand in long lines at immigration authorities in the Mexican border town of Tapachula, demanding permission from authorities to fly to the country’s northern border.
There was chaos in both the Refugee Assistance Commission (COMAR) and the National Migration Institute (INM) this Thursday after the Mexican government announced that it would suspend travel permits for Cubans with appointments by application. CBP One which allows them to appear for an asylum interview in the United States.
“The #INM Immigration Regulatory Office, south of The city is currently saturated, the majority of #migrants staying there are Cubans. Take precautions if you have to pass the place,” warned local press Diario del Sur.
However, the Cubans assured that “we will stay here until someone comes to give them something.” Solution to our problem“.
“We want permits, we want permits,” they shouted.
A migrant from the island said permits were issued at will on the 19th, but there were more than 100,000 people in the small town on the border with Guatemala 20,000 Cubans stranded.
On September 9, hundreds of Cubans forcibly entered the INM offices and recently several women have denounced that the Mexican government’s decisions put them at risk of kidnapping.
Those affected say they do not understand why immigration authorities are denying them access to flights and claim they were misinformed that the program was canceled. CBP One from United States Customs and Border Protection and assure that they will continue to receive notifications regarding the application that conflict with the information processed by Mexico.
This situation not only puts her at risk of losing her appointment, but also leaves her at the mercy of kidnappers, said Miladis Calzado, quoted by local media. Southern Journal.