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New migrant caravan in Mexico pushes past blockade to head north

WorldOct 23, 2021 06:11PM ET
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4/4 © Reuters. Migrants from Central America and Haiti clash with National Guard members as they walk in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, in Tapachula, in Chiapas state, Mexico October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres 2/4

By Jose Torres

TAPACHULA (Reuters) - Several thousand migrants from Haiti, South America and Central America set off from southern Mexico headed north on Saturday, clashing with law enforcement trying to hold the caravan back.

Some people among the latest mass movement of migrants trying to pass north through Mexico said they hoped to eventually reach the U.S. border, where the number of migrants trying to gain entry was already hitting new records.

Some 3,000 people, including families with young children, began trekking on foot on Saturday from the city of Tapachula near the Guatemala border toward Mexico's capital.

One of the caravan's organizers, Irineo Mujica, said he was leading the group to Mexico City in protest of the lack of government assistance in the south, where officials have attempted to contain thousands of migrants https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/this-is-prison-mexico-struggles-hold-migrants-far-us-border-2021-09-21, and to demand legal documents that would let migrants move freely in the country.

A highway checkpoint in Tapachula with some 400 law enforcement officers aimed to block their path, but many migrants managed to break past. A Reuters video showed people carrying backpacks and with children on their shoulders pushing through a cluster of officers in anti-riot gear who attempted to contain the crowd.

One family, including a woman and small children, were knocked to the ground in the crush of people, their belongings scattering.

Some migrants who attempted to leave Tapachula in September to head north were subject to brutal treatment by Mexican officials, and the government's National Migration Institute condemned incidents of violence captured on video. https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-condemns-violent-actions-by-migration-agents-caught-video-2021-08-30

U.S. authorities arrested more than 1.7 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, the most ever recorded https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-under-pressure-us-mexico-border-arrests-reach-record-highs-2021-10-20.

New migrant caravan in Mexico pushes past blockade to head north
 

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Olgrim Gri
Olgrim Oct 23, 2021 8:45PM ET
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the result of dangerous policies of unelected, artificially installed Biden's regime.
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Welcome, free housing, healthcare, and food stamps waiting for you here. Biden himself will drive you from the border with the presidential Limousine.
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come in, we're open. need workers now since no one here wants to work
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This is NOT migration, this is an invasion.
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Lets Go Brandon! The Biden admin has encouraged illegal immigration here are the results.
 
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