Whistler, Mexico – On Sunday, Mexican border agents and police disbanded hundreds of migrant caravans from the southernmost tip of Mexico – this is the fourth such caravan official to have raided in recent days.
This group of approximately 800 people-mainly Central Americans, Haitians, Venezuelans and Cubans-spent an evening at a basketball court near Huixtla, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border city of Tapachula , They have been there waiting to be processed by Mexican immigration officials.
But shortly before dawn, with the support of the police, immigration agents with riot gear rushed into the crowd and pushed many people onto trucks.
Hundreds of migrants fled to the river and hid in the vegetation.
“They started to beat me all over,” a woman said tearfully, claiming that the police also beat her husband and pulled one of her daughters from her arms.
“I won’t leave until they give me my daughter,” she told the Associated Press film crew. However, immigration officers surrounded the woman, her husband and other children and detained them.
The group was at least the fourth group to be disbanded in the past week. They drove north in a caravan. They were frustrated by the slow immigration process and the harsh conditions in Tapachula, and they were unable to work legally there.
The government insisted that the excessive use of force against Haitian immigrants captured by cameras last weekend was an aberration, and two immigration agents were suspended.
In recent weeks, Mexico has faced immigrant pressure from the north, south, and within its own borders, as thousands of immigrants have crossed the southern border, and the United States has repatriated thousands from the north. The U.S. court has ordered the Biden administration to renew the visa for asylum seekers. A long-awaited policy in Mexico.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Thursday that the strategy of curbing southern migration is untenable in itself and that the region needs more investment to prevent Central Americans from leaving their homes. .
In recent weeks, thousands of Haitian migrants trapped in Tapachula have increasingly protested. Many have been waiting there for several months, some up to a year, waiting for asylum applications to be processed.
Mexico’s refugee agencies have been overwhelmed. So far this year, more than 77,000 people have applied for protected status in Mexico, of which 55,000 are in Tapachula, where shelters are full.
Due to delays and poor conditions, unable to work legally and frustrated, hundreds of people have set off north.