- Jul 15, 2020
The secretary-general of the Mexican bishops’ conference expressed dismay at the sight of Mexican security forces scuffling with a caravan of Central American migrants trying to enter the country via its southern border with Guatemala.
Last fall, locals in southern Chiapas state welcomed the caravans of migrants crossing into Mexico from Guatemala and carrying on northward to the U.S. border. But many locals no longer welcome migrants in Chiapas.
On March 4, Volunteers began a long trek to the U.S-Mexico border where they planned to deliver supplies to those who had made a much longer and more dangerous journey to get there.
Asylum-seekers arrive at legal ports of entries the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, but increasingly face long waits to lodge their petitions with U.S. officials, forcing them to spend weeks or months in unsafe Mexican border cities.
The new administration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised humanitarian visas to Central Americans entering the country, which are supposed to be processed within five days. Applicants can also wait in shelters set up for them while their paperwork is processed.
Migrants from across Honduras set out from San Pedro Sula for the border with Guatemala early Jan. 15, hoping to reach the U.S. border amid controversies over fortifying the southern frontier with a wall.