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The massive caravan of migrants, which once swelled to more than 10,000 as it scrambled toward the US border from southern Mexico, has now broken up as Mexican officials offer temporary visas to the migrants – although organizers say they will continue to travel to the US
Organizer Luis Villagrane told Fox News that about 80% of the migrants in the caravan, roughly 9,000 migrants, have received a Multiple Migration Form (FMM). This visa allows them to travel freely in Mexico temporarily.
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Villagran told Fox News that although the caravan has broken up, all the migrants in the block are heading to the United States to try to make their way into the country.
The caravan departed from Tapachula, Mexico Earlier this week He encountered little resistance from the Mexican authorities. Organizers also said the convoy hit a police checkpoint where the Mexican National Guard, immigration officials and state police were present – but that officials allowed the convoy to pass “freely”.
The migrants organized the caravan precisely a week earlier because Mexican officials did not present temporary documents in Tapachula.
Now, after a week and walking less than 25 miles, they actually got what they wanted, with Mexico giving them the legal status to head to the US border without being in Mexico illegally. Under Mexican laws, immigrants cannot travel through the southern Mexican state of Chiapas without documents. This was in response to the 2018-2019 convoys.
As of yesterday evening, fewer than 3,000 migrants had boarded buses provided by the Mexican immigration office to take them to the customs office, Villegran said. Now, more than 9000 have been released.
It is one of a number of massive caravanserais in recent years that have made their way towards the US borders, including One in October last year – which are usually dispersed by the Mexican authorities before they reach the border. However, as with this caravan, just because the caravans broke up did not mean that the migrants in question had stopped moving north.
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The US sees huge numbers of immigrants, with clients encountering large numbers of immigrants the size of caravans every few days along the border. There were more than 234,000 encounters in April alone, and that number is expected to rise through the summer.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been prevented from ending public health expulsions under Title 42 – through which the majority of immigrants have been expelled since March 2020. The move to end the order was seen as a catalyst for more immigrants to try their luck in the United States.
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The Biden administration has faced heavy criticism for its handling of the crisis, with Republicans linking the surge to the administration’s rollback of Trump-era policy and lax domestic law enforcement — along with calls for a mass amnesty in Washington, DC.
The Biden administration has blamed “root causes” such as poverty, violence and climate change for the rising numbers, and has put forward a number of initiatives to address those root causes — led by Vice President Kamala Harris.
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President Biden on Friday, along with a number of Western Hemisphere leaders, unveiled the “Los Angeles Declaration” at the Summit of the Americas — which laid out common principles on immigration. The United States has committed to a number of concrete actions, including expanding work visas, refugee resettlement, and funding for millions of refugees and immigrants across the hemisphere.
However, the leaders of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador did not attend.