MEXICO City – Almost 2 thousand migrants from Central America, Cuba, and Haiti on Saturday went from the city of Tapachula in southern Mexico to the North, to the border with the United States. According to the newspaper El Universal, many of them waited more than six months for the migration service to issue them the necessary documents to move around the country.
This is the first caravan of migrants in several months since the beginning of a large-scale operation of the Mexican authorities to counter the illegal movement of foreign citizens on its territory. According to preliminary data, the path of the caravan will pass through the capital of the country, where migrants intend to demand a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
US President Donald Trump on May 30 threatened to impose a duty of 5% on goods from Mexico in connection with the migration crisis on the common border. Representatives of the two countries managed to agree, and the introduction of tariffs was postponed indefinitely. Under the agreement, Mexico pledged to deploy a National Guard throughout the country, paying particular attention to the southern border, as well as to combat trafficking organizations. By September, official Mexico City estimates that these measures had helped reduce the number of migrants heading to the United States by 56%.
US authorities, according to the immigration and customs enforcement Service under the US Department of homeland security, in the fiscal year 2019 (ended September 30) detained nearly 1 million migrants at the border with Mexico. This is an 88% increase over the 2018 fiscal year.