A caravan of more than 2,000 undocumented Central American migrants – mostly from Honduras – entered Mexico from Guatemala in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 18.

The caravan crossed into Mexico through the Rodolfo Robles Valverde Bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, with about half the members refusing to comply with standard passport and visa documentation normally required to enter the country, Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) authorities reported.

Earlier in the week, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the migrants, most of whom are headed north to seek asylum in the United States, would be required to comply with Mexican border regulations.

More than 800 of the  migrants, many without papers, sometimes refused to obey the customs authorities and shoved their way into the country through mass force, although there were no reported incidences of violence.

Notwithstanding, at least 1,114 of the migrants did obey IMN officials and were issued a hospital-style bracelet specifying their date and place of entry.

The caravan, the first of the new year and part of a greater Central American migration movement that began the trek north in 2018, reportedly departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Monday, Jan. 14.

The INM has said that the migrants will be issued permits to work and remain in Mexico for up to 12 months


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