New massive migrant horde is on the way to the US
A procession of more than two thousand migrants has left southern Mexico for the United States. According to Irineo Mujica of the NGO Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the migrant caravan consists mainly of Central Americans.
The caravan managed to leave despite the presence of security forces from the Mexican migration authority INM and the National Guard. The procession initially headed for Mexico City, but some want to try to reach the United States.
The US Customs and Border Protection, the US government agency in charge of Border Security, reported last week that in September 192,000 migrants were caught trying to enter the US illegally from Mexico.
Under former US president Donald Trump, the US introduced the “stay in Mexico” rule. As a result, asylum seekers had to stay in Mexico for the full duration of their proceedings. Current President Joe Biden abolished the rule shortly after he took office, but a federal judge in Texas reversed that decision. Despite this, the number of people trying to reach the US has increased since Biden took office.
More and more people are leaving Central America because of the poverty that prevails there. They hope to travel through Mexico to the United States, where they try to build a better future.