November 25, 2021
Jose Torres and Jose Luis Gonzalez
Tapachula (Reuters) -Mexico authorities have begun to bus out hundreds of migrants from cities in the south of Tapachula to other states, avoiding the prospect of a new caravan heading north.
Immigrants, primarily from Haiti and parts of Latin America, were in limbo in Tapachula, Chiapas, long waiting for asylum and visa requirements to be resolved.
Immigrant rights activist Luis Calcia Villagran calls the city a “prison” because immigrants could not leave without paperwork. Two groups of immigrants have departed in large numbers of caravans heading north for the past few weeks, in part to increase visibility into their plight and demand a response from the Mexican government.
Migration from Tapachula began Wednesday night, with 120 Haitian migrants being transported to Aguascalientes, Campeche and Durango, according to officials from the National Institute of Immigration (INM) in Mexico.
More migrants will be taken to Puebla and Guanajuato, adding that they will be able to continue their asylum status and visa applications, subject to anonymity.
Tapachula’s INM official Hector Martinez told immigrants that a total of 20 buses will leave the city today.
Authorities began the transfer of similar migrants in the town of Mapastepec, Chiapas on Tuesday https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/caravan-migrants-accept-mexico-visa-deal-disperse-2021-11 -24, Dissolve the caravan who left Tapachula a few days ago. The immigrants agreed to leave the route and be taken elsewhere in exchange for a Mexican visa.
In Tapachula, Haitian immigrant Wilgens Antoine said he didn’t know where the Mexican authorities would take him, but he was relieved to leave Tapachula, where he didn’t have the money to stay and take care of his family.
“I’m happy because I’m going to another city where I can work to help my family,” he said shortly before boarding the bus provided by the immigration authorities.
According to Villa Gran, about 600 people are expected to move from tapachula.
“This is a way to avoid the mass movement of Haitians, Cubans, and all those who were ready to leave tomorrow (in the caravan),” he said.
(Report by Daina Beth Solomon, edited by Richard Chang)
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