MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican troopers, armed police and migration officers blocked lots of of migrants after they crossed the border from Guatemala in a caravan into southern Mexico on Wednesday, and detained dozens of them, a witness from a migrant support group and an official stated.
A migrant argues with a federal police officer throughout a joint operation by the Mexican authorities to cease a caravan of Central American migrants on their method to the U.S., at Metapa de Dominguez, in Chiapas state, Mexico June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Torres
The Mexican response within the border city of Metapa, which included dozens of troopers, marked a toughening of the federal government’s efforts to curb the circulation of primarily Central American migrants, stated Salva Cruz, a coordinator with Fray Matias de Cordova.
“That many sailors and army police, sure, it’s new,” Cruz stated, by WhatsApp, from Metapa, within the southern border state of Chiapas, the place the overwhelming majority of migrants from Central America cross into Mexico. Many are asylum seekers fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
The operation in Chiapas coincided with a gathering of Mexican and U.S. officers on the White Home on Wednesday to thrash out a deal that may keep away from blanket tariffs on Mexico threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump final week.
Trump introduced the tariffs in retaliation for what he known as Mexico’s failure to cease Central American migrants from reaching the U.S. border.
Mexico’s Nationwide Migration Institute (INM) stated in an announcement group of about 300 folks entered Mexico by a border bridge Wednesday morning, and one other 120 folks joined the group as they walked to town of Tapachula.
The migrants later agreed to be taken by bus to a migration workplace to be processed, the INM stated.
U.S. border officers apprehended greater than 132,000 folks crossing from Mexico in Might, a 3rd greater than in April and the best month-to-month stage since 2006, reaching what U.S. officers stated on Wednesday had been “disaster” ranges.
An INM official in Mexico Metropolis who was unauthorized to speak to the media stated, on situation of anonymity, that the migrants had been being requested to point out their standing in Mexico.
Migration officers detained 350 to 400 folks, the official stated, noting that federal police and brokers from the Nationwide Guard had been current. Mexico’s authorities just lately created a militarized police drive known as the Nationwide Guard made up of troopers and federal police.
On Wednesday afternoon in Mexico Metropolis, police detained Irineo Mujica, director of the U.S.-Mexico migrant support group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and Cristobal Sanchez, a migrant rights activist, in response to Alex Mensing, a coordinator with the group.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras has for a number of years guided annual caravans by way of Mexico, searching for to guard migrants and to advocate for his or her rights alongside a 2,000-mile path ridden with criminals and corrupt officers who prey on lone vacationers by way of kidnapping, extortion and different types of assault.
Since April 2018 Trump has lashed out on the caravans of Central Individuals wending their method to the US, whereas blaming Mexico for failing to cease their motion to the U.S. border.
Reporting by Delphine Schrank, Lizbeth Diaz and Diego Ore; Modifying by Richard Changand Leslie Adler
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