On Saturday, Mexico military police blocked a migrant caravan of over two-thousand participants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America, and sent them back hours after they tried to head to the US.
Despite a continuous crackdown on migration on both sides of the US-Mexico border, the asylum seekers and migrant caravan had fled from Tapachula in the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico.
According to reports, the almost five-hundred military police of Mexico sealed the highway.
The officials of the National Institute of Migration (INM) returned most of the members of Caravan to Tapachula through buses while some 150 asylum seekers and migrants chose to go back through walking.
Irineo Mujica, a member of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told that a small group of migrants refused to opt for any transport and started walking back along the highway.
He said, “The vast majority were taken to Tapachula, the caravan was dismantled.”
Mexico’s forces took small family groups and individuals into custody, loading strollers that were used to carry children into the back of immigration buses.
Following the incident, the Mexican National Immigration Institute said on Saturday, “The institute with complete respect for human rights, carried out actions to invite the foreign nationals who formed the contingent that departed from the city of Tapachula, Chiapas, to turn to the institute to get to know the options for the regularisation of their stay in the country.”
According to the institute’s statement, immigration officials will deal with each individual and either start an administrative immigration procedure or send them back to their country.
However, several members of the caravan started the procedure a few weeks ago. African asylum seekers and migrants appealing immigration officials to transit north through Mexico have been protesting for more than a month in Tapachula.