The massive caravan that began to pass through the Mexican state of Chiapas on Monday, June 6, with the aim of reaching the United States disbanded Saturday, June 11, after Mexican officials offered temporary visas to the migrants.
The caravan, the largest so far this year, left the city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, with more than 15,000 Central American, Venezuelan and Caribbean migrants, many of whom had waited months to receive permission to enter Mexico legally so they could pass through the country to the northern border.
The migrants, who want to enter the United States, had formed the caravan after being denied visas by the Mexican government.
Luis García Villagran, an activist who accompanied the caravan, said that “9,700 legal resources were delivered so that undocumented immigrants could advance to the north of the country.”
These resources included visas granted by Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INE) for humanitarian reasons or those that allow visitors to reside in the country for 30-180 days.
The migrant caravan traveled about 107 kilometers into Mexico in five days, during which it weakened in both size and momentum.
Since 2021, similar caravans marching north from Tapachula were disbanded by Mexican authorities.
Mexico deported more than 114,000 illegal immigrants in 2021, and detained 115,379 between Jan. 1 and April 13 of this year alone, according to the Immigration Policy Unit of the Interior Secretariat.
The number of migrants detained by the United States on the border with Mexico between Oct. 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021 was 1,734,686, a record high.