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A caravan with 1,500 migrants leaves southern Mexico for the US, alleging failures in the processing of permits with CBP One


"In Tapachula they don't want to help migrants, we don't want to walk but we do it for a better good, we lined up for several days for the flight permit and in the end nothing was given, people ended up wasting time, their tickets," denounces a Venezuelan.

Around 1,500 migrants left in a caravan from the city of Tapachula, in southern Mexico and along the border with Guatemala, in the direction of the United States, alleging that it is impossible for them to process their asylum applications through the CBP One app of the Customs and Border Protection Office (CPB).

It is the third largest migrant caravan to leave for the border so far this year, and is made up of children, women, adolescents, and single men who mostly come from Venezuela, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Salvador, Haiti, and other countries. Africans, according to the Efe news agency.

It started from the central park of Tapachula, and has already managed to cross the first checkpoint located in the Ejido Viva México;

He asked the Mexican immigration authorities for permission to reach Mexico City and from there cross to the United States.

The first migrant caravan of the year leaves southern Mexico for the US.

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The CBP One app was activated by the Government of Joe Biden so that migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua can process their asylum applications despite the barriers of Title 42, which limits entry for health reasons since the start of the pandemic .

The National Institute of Migration, dependent on the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico, announced this Tuesday that it will authorize the passage through the country of migrants who have a confirmed appointment through CBP One, stressing that it does not "imply the issuance of permits of stay in Mexico”.

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"We don't want to, we do it for a better good"

Fidel Hernández, who identifies as Venezuelan, was carrying his 4-year-old nephew on his shoulders, and was anxious not to be left behind by the caravan because his main objective is to reach Mexico City to process a permit to reside in the country. .

"In Tapachula, the authorities do not want to help migrants, we do not want to walk, but we do it for a better good, we lined up for several days for the flight permit and in the end nothing was given, people ended up wasting time, their tickets "he counted.

Hernández, who was engaged in business in his country, walked fearfully but affirmed that he has great hopes for his family, and said that the purpose of joining this group is to be able to pass immigration checkpoints without being sent back to Tapachula.

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In recent days, the Mexican authorities have received thousands of people from various countries at the regularization offices of the National Migration Institute to register for an appointment with the CBP One app and obtain their certification to travel by air.

Jimmy Rodríguez, 40, says that he left Venezuela due to the economic situation and crossed six countries until he reached Tapachula, where he unsuccessfully tried to process his permit to cross Mexico.

"We ask that they allow us to board the buses or a permit [to remain in the country], but since we can't we have to walk, despite the great dangers of crossing Mexico, they always put obstacles in our way to reach our destination," he says. .

On March 24, another caravan of about 300 migrants left Tapachula also citing problems with CBP enforcement.

"There is a permit that they give and the CBP application says that it is collapsed and they are not giving the permit either, but they are only deceiving us and that is very cruel because there are families here, boys and girls who are suffering," said Jhony, a Venezuelan migrant, to Diario de Chiapas.

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Almost 80,000 migrants have crossed the Darién

A record number of migrants, 78,585, have crossed the dangerous Darién jungle so far this year, which divides Panama and Colombia, which is five times more than the number registered in 2022, the Minister of Public Security said this Saturday. Juan Manuel Pino.

With a week to go until the end of the month, 29,294 migrants crossed in March, surpassing the 24,657 in February.

"More migrants are going to come, that's what you see to the south. We already have very high numbers, with an entry of more than a thousand people a day," he said.

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In 2022, a record was recorded in the arrival of migrants to Panama, with more than 248,000, almost double that in 2021. For this year, the Panamanian authorities foresee the arrival of 400,000.

"This is an inhospitable part of Panama where entire families go looking for a better future in the United States, with nationals from Venezuela, Haiti and Ecuador being the most frequent," he said.

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Migrants cross the jungle on foot for several days, one of the most dangerous border crossings in the world, where natural obstacles such as swollen rivers and wild animals are compounded by robberies at gunpoint and rape.

The minister also highlighted "the environmental impact" suffered by the jungle, with "shocking images" of mountains of garbage in an area protected as a national park.

"Thousands of people risk their lives every day, crossing this biodiversity sanctuary, in a migratory flow that threatens to overwhelm us," Panama's Vice President José Gabriel Carrizo remarked on Saturday.

Source: telemundo

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