Migrant Caravan Skips Mexico City, Heads to US
A migrant caravan making its way through southern Mexico for the past 17 days resumed its journey on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the state of Oaxaca, deciding to forgo Mexico City and head straight to the United States border.
Irineo Mujica, director of the immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) and a leader of the caravan, said in a video posted on social media that the caravan will no longer go first to Mexico’s capital, as initially planned.
Instead, migrants will head to the northern Mexican state of Sonora, which borders the U.S. state of Arizona, a move that coincides with the bilateral decision to resume nonessential travel between the two countries this week, though that decision applies only to documented travelers who are fully vaccinated against covid-19.
Mujica said he expects to be joined by another caravan in 10 days, and urged migrants in other parts of south Mexico to join the journey toward the U.S. border.
The caravan, composed of some 4,000 migrants, mostly from Central America and Haiti, first departed on Oct. 23 from the city of Tapachula, which borders Guatemala, aiming to reach Mexico City to regularize migrants’ immigration status before setting off for the U.S. border.
The Central American region is seeing an unprecedented exodus this year.
Between January and August, Mexico reported more than 147,000 undocumented migrants, triple the number in 2020, according to figures from the Mexican government.