Hundreds of Central American migrants cross into Mexico

  • Friday 24, January 2020 11:30 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: Hundreds of Central American migrants surged into Mexico Thursday, wading unopposed across a river on the Guatemalan border where Mexican troops had used tear gas earlier in the week to keep them back, journalists at the scene reported.
Once on the other side of the Suchiate River, the migrants quickly formed a column and began a trek on foot to Ciudad Hidalgo, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

However, hundreds of Mexican national guard forces have deployed at a highway crossing further along the route, apparently preparing to detain the migrants.

Some 300 national guard troops stood in front of a fleet of National Migration Institute buses of the kind regularly used to deport undocumented migrants.

Thousands of Central Americans have crossed Mexico toward the United States in caravans in recent years, fleeing chronic poverty and brutal gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The so-called "2020 Caravan" left Honduras on January 14, gathering an estimated 3,500 people as it made its way across Guatemala. The bulk of the caravan crossed into Mexico at the weekend.

On Monday, Mexican National Guard troops fired tear gas to force back migrants attempting to cross, leading to scenes of chaos as huge crowds of people flailed across the Suchiate River. About 500 were able to enter the country illegally, though more than 400 of them were later arrested at a roadblock.