The Mexican authorities said on Sunday they would issue humanitarian visas on a "limited basis" to some 2,500 migrants from Central America and the Caribbean, gathered in southern Chiapas.
The National Institute of Migration (INM) highlighted women, children and migrants aged over 65, whose situation deserves a visa. The statement came as Monday when President Trump threatened to close US border crossings with Mexico unless the country prevented thousands of Central American migrants from reaching the border where they could either cross or request asylum. The current US law does not require asylum seekers to be present at an official border crossing
On Sunday, Interior Secretary Kyzir Nielsen wrote: "The security and humanitarian crisis in our southern border is worsening every day." Nielsen said last week that her agency had detained more than 75,000 immigrants on the southern border of the United States in February, the highest 1
"[Trump] and I warned Congress that the inability to define our immigration laws would be catastrophic, and we are here in the midst of a catastrophe," Nilson wrote on Sunday. "It's not the time to be biased, now is the time to act decisively to deal with the crisis." "I will say over and over again," added Nielsen, "the inability to expose life – especially children exploited, gamble, and in some cases "recycled" by smugglers and traffickers. Bad guys know our outdated laws and they use / reuse kids as a "free ticket" in America. "
Mexico seemed at the same time tiring for migrant caravans and eager to not provoke the United States, stopped providing migrants with humanitarian visas at the border, and cities on a well-traveled route through southern Mexico sometimes no longer allow caravans to spend the night. – a few private citizens offer food and walk to tired passengers.
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INM said on Sunday that it would provide bus transport back to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for citizens has been to these countries as well as air transport to the home of migrants from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua Since the second half of May, the agency said Mexico would issue humanitarian visas to the capitals of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as San Pedro Sula, Honduras – "for cases that deserve this condition." Has ind He will also continue to issue temporary work visas in these cities for Central American citizens who want to live and work in southern Mexico.
The goal of visa restrictions, the institute said, is to achieve a more orderly, regulated and safe international movement of people. The largest of last year's migrating caravans across Mexico contained about 7,000 people at their peak.
Associated Press contributed to this report.