Mexico blocks caravan of 300 migrants

A caravan of some 300 migrants, the majority from Central America, was arrested Monday, August 30, in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, as it tried to reach the border with the United States, according to the police.

This group, made up mostly of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and a few Haitians, was stopped in its march towards the border by an imposing device of national guards, according to a report from the police of the state of Chiapas. Mexican immigration officers then checked these migrants, including women and children, before arresting 80 of them.

27,500 members of the security forces deployed at the borders

According to local media videos, migrants threw stones at national guards who were blocking them on the road. This group of migrants, initially comprising 700 people, had left Tapachula on Saturday, on the border with Guatemala. But after several confrontations with the police, several of them, mainly families, preferred to give up their trip.

Those who were able to escape police checks took refuge in communities established in this area before regrouping to resume their journey.

Another caravan of some 200 migrants left on Monday from the same city in order also to reach the United States, to find refuge there.

These caravans of migrants, many of whom are minors, have multiplied since the coming to power of US President Joe Biden.

Mexico has deployed more than 27,500 members of the armed forces to its northern and southern borders to deal with these waves of migration.

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The World with AFP