TAPACHILA, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 migrants, most of them Venezuelans, marched en masse from this southern Mexico city early Friday to pressure authorities to allow them to proceed to the U.S. border. States at a time when attention is focused on immigration.
The last major public exit of migrants from Tapachula follows the discovery of an abandoned trailer in San Antonio with more than 60 migrants inside. Fifty-three of them died in the failed smuggling attempt.
It also comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration made no mistake in ending controversial Trump-era policies that forced some asylum seekers to await their case in Mexico.
After other mass movements of migrants from Tapachula last month, the Mexican government quickly negotiated to give them temporary documents.
“One hundred percent we are going to honor the migrants who died because we all know it’s no secret to anyone that (the victims of Texas) also fought for a future like us,” said Jonatan Ávila, a migrant from Venezuela who helped organize the others.
Many migrants no longer tolerate the Mexican strategy of locking them in the south, far from the US border. They complain that the process to regularize their status – usually by applying for asylum – is taking too long and that they cannot afford to wait because there is so little work available.
Dozens of National Guard troops saw them walk without intervening.
Doris Perdomo, another migrant from Venezuela, traveling with her two young children, referred to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, saying she had news — which was false — that U.S. President Joe Biden would allow all migrants to enter the country. to enter the United States.
“There was news yesterday that Biden has given free passage, that he will not return any migrants,” said Perdomo, who had been trying to get papers in Tapachula for a month.
However, the court’s ruling was expected to have little immediate impact, as the Biden administration rarely applied the so-called Remain in Mexico policy during its presidency.
Another Trump-era policy that remains in effect and was unaffected by Thursday’s ruling allows the administration to expel migrants quickly without the chance to apply for asylum — US law and an international treaty aside shifting – on the basis of containing the spread of COVID-19 . There have been more than 2 million evictions since the pandemic rule, known as Title 42 authority, was enacted in March 2020.
While migrant caravans have received media attention, the migrants traveling in them represent only a fraction of the migratory flow that brings people to the U.S. border every day, mostly with the help of smugglers.
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