2,000 migrants from caravan cross Mexico without seeking asylum


Some of the more than 2,000 members of a caravan of migrants trying to reach the United States are seen after entering Mexico from Guatemala on Jan. 18, 2019, and after refusing to register at the border as Mexican migration authorities require. EFE-EPA/Rodrigo Pardo

SUCHIATE, MX.– More than 2,000 members of a caravan of migrants trying to reach the United States entered Mexico from Guatemala over the past few hours by the international bridge, but without registering at the border as the authorities here require.

Those members of this new caravan entered at around 4:00 am by the Rodolfo Robles Valverde International Bridge at the border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, without accepting the rather accommodating rules of entry that Mexico offers migrants.

This new contingent crossed the border into Mexico after putting pressure on border authorities, who finally allowed them to go through. There were no violent incidents.

The group of migrants then proceeded to Tapachula, Chiapas, escorted by emergency management staff and some state police.

Later in the day, 969 migrants from the caravan applied for humanitarian exile in Mexico, complying with the requirements of the National Migration Institute (INM), which attempts to impose an orderly, disciplined procedure for entry into the country.

Several hours after they arrived at the international bridge, which connects Suchiate, Chiapas, with Tecun Uman, Guatemala, they lined up outside the INM offices, after asking migration authorities to legalize their stay in Mexico.

The caravan of men, women and children set out from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last Monday.

Ana Laura Martinez de Lara, director of Migratory Control and Verification at the INM, confirmed that members of this group from the year’s first migrant caravan will be given ID cards that will allow them to stay in Mexico for one year. They will also be permitted to find work in this country.

Most of the first migrants to enter by the international bridge on the border have come from Honduras.

The official said that 969 people have entered over the bridge to see if they can be granted an ID card for humanitarian reasons, of whom 739 are males, 230 are females, and of those, 145 are minors.

Many of the migrants who have already begun the necessary procedures with the INM have returned to Guatemalan territory at Tecun Uman, being unable to find anywhere to stay in Suchiate.

The migrants will come back to the Mexican migration offices within a period of five days to continue their attempts to obtain the ID cards that will allow them to stay in the country legally.

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