After the irregular crossing into Mexico of thousands of migrants from the caravan that left Honduras days ago, several hundred faced the Mexican National Guard on a road in Chiapas, in the south of the country.
In the midst of strong tension, several migrants were arrested by the National Police military police, as can be seen in videos obtained by Telemundo News.
In one of these, security forces are seen surrounding a group of migrants, leaving children and women trapped. In another one we see the progress of the uniformed men in camouflage, striking their tolerances against riot shields while driving a large contingent of migrants down the road.
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Migrants crossed into Mexican territory at dawn this Thursday along a stretch of the Suchiate River, the natural geographical boundary that separates Guatemala and Mexico, taking advantage of the absence of authorities at the border. Although they fear that the National Guard will stop them, they keep the faith that they will be able to continue their journey through Mexican territory to the United States, Telemundo News correspondent Raúl Torres reported.
Without facing resistance they entered the river and began to walk along a highway from Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas.
"Everything went well, here we continue ... we have to trust in God," one of the members of the convoy who did not identify himself and who for almost two days had been stranded on the bank of that river waiting to find was told Telemundo News the time to enter Mexico.
The crossing this Thursday follows the clashes between a group of caravan members and the National Guard on Monday, which resulted in the arrest of more than 400 migrants, who were already deported to their countries of origin.
But they are not the only ones who have returned, because at least 752 Honduran immigrants of more than 4,000 who left their country by caravan between January 14 and 15 to the United States, have been deported from Guatemala and Mexico, a source said Wednesday Honduras official.
Of the 752, this Wednesday came 532 from Mexico and Guatemala, by air and land, the Honduran Presidential House said in a statement.
The rest arrived on Tuesday on two flights from the Federal Police of Mexico to the José Ramón Villeda Morales Airport, in San Pedro Sula, northern Honduras.
Among the deportees is an "alleged caravan organizer who left last week from San Pedro Sula," according to Honduran authorities.
He is 29-year-old Héctor Edgardo Cárcamo, originally from San Pedro Sula, where he arrived protected by elements of the National Guard of Mexico and was required by authorities in his country.
Honduran immigration authorities expect the return of at least 1,900 deportees from Mexico.
According to immigration authorities in Honduras, some of the immigrants "decided to return voluntarily."
Those returned by land were received at the Returned Migrant Assistance Center (CAMR), in Omoa, in the Caribbean department of Cortés, bordering with Guatemala.
Some of the deportees from Mexico, on Tuesday, told reporters in San Pedro Sula that they have not given up trying to reach the United States, and that they will leave the country again because in Honduras they cannot get a job.
Others, of those who have already returned, said that the caravan trip was a "failure" and they recommended to their countrymen that they intend to leave illegally, not to do so, because of the "suffering" that implies, the rigorous border protection and the requirement of a passport demanded by the Mexican immigration authorities that has offered them 4,000 jobs and medical assistance.
The first group of Honduran immigrants left in a caravan on the 14th at night through the customs point of Corinth, bordering with Guatemala.
The second, the most numerous, did so at the border point of Agua Caliente, without many making the immigration registration in the windows of Honduras and Guatemala.
A week after his departure, a new group of at least 200 migrants who left El Salvador joined the members of the first caravan of 2020. The members of this new convoy say they left El Salvador fleeing violence and lack of economic opportunities.
Edited by Olga Luna with additional information from the news agencies Efe and The Associated Press
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