Crammed into trucks and putting their lives in danger, migrants trudge through Mexico

Crammed into trucks and putting their lives in danger, migrants trudge through Mexico

Amid allegations that some truckers were charging, members of the first caravan that goes to the US from Mexican territory did not mind to hack into trucks and even put their lives in danger outside the vehicle to get to Puebla.

The situation occurred after this morning they left on foot from Matías Romero towards Donají, a community of just 2,300 inhabitants less than 20 kilometers from the borders with the state of Veracruz and in the afternoon they arrived at the municipality of Sayula de Alemán, from the cited entity.

The walk was the only option for the migrants since the government of Veracruz failed to fulfill its promise to provide more than a hundred and a half buses to move them to Mexico City. The governor of that state argulló that the lack of water in the Mexican capital due to a massive cut that affects millions of residents of the capital would be further aggravated with the arrival of Central Americans. However, he offered to stay overnight in Veracruz territory while continuing his journey to the US in pursuit of the threats of President Donald Trump.

The migrants, most of them Hondurans, passed in Matías Romero one of the worst nights since they entered Oaxacan territory, because the football field they used as a hostel on the outskirts of the city had no roofed area, toilets, showers or lighting.

"The president (municipal) knew that it was going to rain and said: 'Let them get wet,'" said a member of civil protection, adding that in this town "the minimum elements that should be observed in a shelter, such as medical care, security, psychological support, recreational activities and fumigation. "

However, the Oaxacan government maintains a committee that coordinates actions to support the caravan that placed tarps to protect them from the sun and rain, and placed electric power to illuminate the soccer field where the migrants stayed at night.

When the rain increased the shelter was abandoned at night and the migrants arrived to the center of the town.

Depending on the conditions they find in Donají, they can spend the night there or continue their walk to Acayucan, already in Veracruz, leaving behind the hospitality that they have generally found in Chiapas and Oaxaca, the first two stages of their Mexican journey.

This Thursday, migrants Olga Suyapa Pérez and Adrián Vásquez, of Guatemalan origin, went to the office of the Civil Registry of Oaxaca in Juchitán to register their daughter, born on Mexican soil in the context of the caravan.

In this way, the institution made the registration and issued the birth certificate of Alisson Guadalupe Vásquez Pérez -name of the baby-, born in Juchitán, free of charge.

The Civil Registry stated that the minor has the constitutional right to Mexican nationality by birth, regardless of the nationality of their parents.

Although they have not revealed which are the following stages of their trip, it is expected that from Acayucan the migrants will start the march in a northwest direction on a route that would take them to several locations in Veracruz and then go to the states of Puebla and Mexico and , after more than a week, to Mexico City.

They are followed by another 2,000 migrants, also mostly Hondurans, who entered the country on October 29 and who are still in the border state of Chiapas.

Meanwhile, some 500 Salvadorans who left last Sunday for the United States have already applied for asylum in Mexico this week, the vice minister for Salvadorans Abroad, Liduvina Magarín, informed on Wednesday.

Another caravan left the Salvadoran capital on Wednesday for the United States, passing through Guatemala and Mexico. The Government of El Salvador counted on Thursday a total of 1,778 migrants in this new caravan, of which 268 desisted to continue the journey and 1,510 followed the route and are already in Guatemala waiting for the opportunity to cross into Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Government of Mexico reported Thursday that so far the migrants who have applied for refugee status number 2,934.

This Friday, the Secretariats of the Interior and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, through a press release informed that federal authorities attended the arrival of the border of Salvadoran migrants, a second contingent of citizens of that nation and the quarter of Central Americans who arrived in the last two weeks. .

Both agencies indicated that the authorities exhorted some 1,500 Salvadorans to enter Mexico through legal, safe, and orderly routes through the border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, but the migrants decided to cross through the Suchiate River. reported local media.

In turn, the number of people who have given up their refugee application and who, at the same time, have voluntarily requested assisted return to their country of origin maintains an upward trend, adding up to a total of 927.

"These people have received the support of the Federal Police and the National Institute of Migration for their transfer by land and air," the secretaries of Interior and Foreign Affairs said in a joint statement.

They added that "the Government of Mexico will continue to work in coordination with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to promote actions to assist refugee claimants, such as providing alternative housing for migrants."

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