Mexico issues nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas to migrants : NPR

Migrants gathered at the Comprehensive Border Transit Care Center receive documents from an official center that allow them to travel legally through Mexico.

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Migrants gathered at the Comprehensive Border Transit Care Center receive documents from an official center that allow them to travel legally through Mexico.

Marco Ugarte/AP

HUIXTLA, Mexico – Mexico’s migration agency has issued nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas in recent days to members of a migrant caravan that on Saturday dispersed across southern Mexico.

Hundreds of people were heading north in buses while others were spread out in various towns north of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, resting or waiting to receive money from relatives to continue their journey to United States.

In its statement, the Mexican migration agency did not specify the type of documents issued, but most migrants showed documents giving them a month or more to leave the country or begin regularization procedures. in Mexico. Most want to use the documents to reach the US border.

The migrant caravan left Tapachula on Monday. But he parted ways on Thursday, when regional leaders gathered in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas to discuss migration and other issues.

President Joe Biden and other Western Hemisphere leaders announced on Friday what is billed as a roadmap for countries to welcome large numbers of migrants and refugees.

Meanwhile, the bus station in the town of Huixtla in southern Mexico was packed with migrants looking for tickets to the north.

Alejandro González Rincon, his cousin and six other friends from Venezuela could only get tickets to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, because all the other destinations they wanted, such as Mexico City, were sold out. Their plan was to slowly work their way up to the US border, he said.

Venezuelan Eddy Jimenez planned to return to Tapachula as soon as his cousins ​​got their papers. He would wait there for his relatives to send him money to take the road north. He wanted to reach Mexico City and then Monterrey, a large city closer to the border.

Since October, Mexican authorities have dispersed other caravans offering to move the migrants to other cities where they can legalize their status more quickly. The aim was to reduce migratory pressure in the south.

Human rights groups have criticized the migration agency’s lack of transparency in carrying out these procedures. Lawyers also say that the authorities sometimes do not respect the documents.

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