Mexico issues nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas to migrants: NPR

Migrants who gather at the Border Transit Comprehensive Care Center will receive documents from an official center that will allow them to legally travel through Mexico.

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Mexico issues nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas to migrants: NPR

Migrants who gather at the Border Transit Comprehensive Care Center will receive documents from an official center that will allow them to legally travel through Mexico.

Marco Ugarte/AP

HUIXTLA, Mexico — The Mexican migration agency has issued nearly 7,000 temporary documents and transit visas in recent days to members of a migrant caravan that broke up in southern Mexico on Saturday.

Hundreds of people went north on buses, while others were scattered across several towns north of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, resting or waiting for money from relatives to continue their journey to the United States.

In its statement, the Mexican migration agency did not specify what type of documents had been issued, but most migrants showed papers giving them a period of a month or more to leave the country or begin regularization procedures in Mexico. Most want to use the documents to reach the US border.

The migrant caravan left Tapachula on Monday. But it had split on Thursday, as regional leaders met in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas to discuss migration and other issues.

President Joe Biden and other leaders of the Western Hemisphere on Friday announced what is billed as a roadmap for countries to host large numbers of migrants and refugees.

Meanwhile, the bus station in the southern Mexican town of Huixtla was packed with migrants looking for tickets to the north.

Alejandro González Rincon, his cousin and six other friends from Venezuela were only able to get tickets to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, because all the other destinations they wanted, such as Mexico City, were sold out. Their plan was to move slowly toward the US border, he said.

Venezuelan Eddy Jimenez planned to return to Tapachula as soon as his cousins ​​received their documents. He would wait there for his relatives to send him money to travel further north. He wanted to get to Mexico City and then Monterrey, a big city closer to the border.

Since October, Mexican authorities have dispersed other caravans by taking migrants to other cities where they can legalize their status more quickly. The aim was to reduce migrant pressure in the south.

Human rights groups have criticized the Migration Office’s lack of transparency in carrying out these procedures. Proponents also say authorities sometimes do not respect the documents.

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