(ANSA) – MEXICO CITY, June 7 – Several thousand migrants, between 5,000 and 6,000 mostly Venezuelans, have been traveling since yesterday from Tapachula in Chiapas (southern Mexico) towards the border with the United States, hoping between the other, with Their initiative, to attract the attention of the Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles.
The peculiarity of this caravan, as the Proceso journal emphasizes, is that while in the past most of the migrants were Hondurans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Cubans, and on this occasion, were mostly Venezuelans, “stuck in that border town for days, weeks or even months”.
Under the slogan “Migrants are not criminals, they are international workers,” the band left yesterday before dawn in torrential rain, forcing the participants, many of whom were women and children, to protect themselves with plastic sheeting and fortune telling.
Ray García Villagran, of the Tapachula Human Rights Center for Human Dignity, noted that this march is an act of desperation by migrants stranded in Tapachula, for the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Kumar) to finally give them appointments in the coming months in order to verify their their documents, while the National Institute of Migration (INM) asked them to come no later than September or October. (Dealing).
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