“We are going to leave as it is”: Haitian migrants march in Tapachula to demand free passage to the USA

Chiapas.- Around 200 migrants, the majority Haitians, demonstrated this Wednesday in Tapachula, Chiapas, to demand that they be allowed freely transit to the United States.

In accordance with AFP, the migrants marched from the center of Tapachula to the offices of the Migration’s national institute (INM), without any incidents in the protest.

Their objective was to demand speed in the granting of residence permits that allow them to continue their journey north, after the dissolution by force of several caravans in the past days.

Activists defending the rights of migrants promote a collective protection before a federal judge so that they can leave Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, where thousands remain stranded for months without the possibility of moving through Mexican territory.

The migrants demanded a halt to the INM’s repression against them. Photo: AFP

“Today we delivered to the federal courts five appeals for urgent cases (…) and today these families are going to walk, by bus or whatever, towards the northern border,” Luis García told the press, of the Center for Human Dignification.

García announced that next Monday they will file amparo resources in favor of 7,000 migrants so that they can leave in a caravan to Mexico City and demand a solution from the leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Let’s go whatever way to Mexico City. Tapachula is not a garbage dump, “he added.

With this action, García, along with Irineo Mujica, from the organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras, ended a 72-hour fast to demand free transit from the Mexican government and eliminate the use of force against migrants.

The INM suspended two of its agents for having mistreated a Haitian migrant in one of the recent caravans.

So far in 2021, 147,033 undocumented people have been arrested, three times more than in the same period in 2020, when 48,398 arrests were reported, according to the INM.

Migrants, fleeing violence and poverty in their countries, seek to reach the United States to seek refuge.

Following the accession of Democrat Joe Biden to the White House, the number of migrants trying to cross illegally from Mexico has multiplied, many of them minors.

Read more: Two children are found on the banks of the Rio Grande; they had a note saying they were from Honduras

To contain illegal migration, the Mexican government has deployed more than 27,000 armed forces personnel on its southern and northern borders.

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