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Mexico interrupts second migrant march


Mexican authorities say a group of hundreds of mainly Haitian and Central American migrants who had started marching north agreed to be separated and taken by bus to several towns to obtain humanitarian visas.

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities said a group of hundreds of mainly Haitian and Central American migrants who had started marching north agreed to be separated and taken by bus to several cities to apply for humanitarian visas.

The migrants’ march started on November 18 with around 2,000 migrants from the southern town of Tapachula.

Migrants are fed up with long visa delays in Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, where many say they cannot find work.

A previous migrant march that started in October is now taking place in southern Veracruz state, but has shrunk to several hundred migrants, from a peak of around 4,000.

The Mexican government had relied on a strategy of confining migrants in the southernmost part of the country to ease pressure on the US border.

But these states are the poorest, and there are many more opportunities to find work in the states of northern and western Mexico.

Migrant caravans began several years ago as a way for migrants who didn’t have the money to pay smugglers to enjoy security in numbers as they made their way to the US border. However, more recently Guatemala and Mexico have become more aggressive in quickly dismantling the caravans with the security forces.

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