650 temporary passes distributed to migrants en route to the United States

Published on : 09/06/2022 – 14:44

More than 650 migrants received a document on Wednesday authorizing their presence in Mexico for 30 days without fear of deportation, an official source said.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants who entered Mexico with the aim of going to the United States began to receive documents on Wednesday legalizing their presence for thirty days on Mexican soil, without fear of being deported. In Huixtla, a town in southern Mexico, tens of thousands of undocumented migrants from Central America are camping in a makeshift reception center while they wait for overwhelmed Mexican authorities to issue them temporary visas.

Huixtla is only the first leg of their journey since Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, from where they left on Monday. There ” caravan of several thousand migrants, mostly Venezuelans, many with families, continues its slow progress towards the United States, more than 3,000 km further north, when Los Angeles welcomes the Summit of the Americas with the issue of migration particularly on the agenda.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declined to attend due to organizers’ decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The heads of state of Guatemala, Bolivia and Honduras will also not be represented. US President Joe Biden hopes to conclude at this summit a regional cooperation agreement on immigration, a major domestic political issue as the mid-term elections approach.

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A long-standing point of tension

According to Joe Biden, summit participants will take “ a common commitment “to both create ” opportunities for safe and orderly migration » et « crack down on human trafficking. US Vice President Kamala Harris announced Tuesday private sector commitments totaling $1.9 billion to support job creation in Central America and discourage outflows to the United States.

Car les « caravans migrants crossing Mexico have been a source of tension with the United States since the time of US President Donald Trump (2017-2021). In September 2021, the images of American border guards on horseback charging then appearing to whip a Haitian migrant trying to set foot on the American side after crossing the Rio Grande caused international outrage.

Mounted U.S. border guards attempt to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. AFP – PAUL RATJE

Since then, the number of people seeking to enter the United States after fleeing poverty and violence in Central America and Haiti has been steadily rising for months, although ” Title 42 “, a health measure introduced in the spring of 2020 in the name of the fight against Covid-19, and on the basis of a law dating from the end of the 19th century, blocks migrants at the land borders of the United States.

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