Central American Migrant Caravan Presses on Toward Tapachula, Mexico

A group of migrants from Honduras waded across the Suchiate River on January 23, entering Mexico from Guatemala on their way to the United States.

Tapachula Migrant Solidarity, an activist group traveling with the caravan, expects that the migrants will be held in Siglo XXI, an immigration detention center in Tapachula known for overcrowding and bad conditions.

Mexican National Guard soldiers and representatives from the National Institute of Migration were waiting for the migrants on the highway in Frontera Hidalgo with buses, video from Telesur reporter Hugo Vera shows. Tapachula Migrant Solidarity said many of the migrants have refused to board the buses “until they are given Mexican Refuge.”

The caravan of migrants and asylum seekers had left Honduras eight days earlier, according to reports, with the aim of passing through Mexico and reaching the US.

The Mexican government has been under pressure to stop migrants from passing through its territory in order to gain access to the US.

Videos from Tapachula Migrant Solidarity show people crossing the Suchiate River into Mexico and later at a rest stop near Frontera Hidalgo after walking along Mexico’s 200 Highway toward Tapachula. Credit: Tapachula Solidarity via Storyful