This report is from the Cuban website, Periodico Cubano, describing attempts to form a new migrant caravan for travel to the U.S., posted on 1/13/2021.
Tensión militar en Tapachula por posible caravana de cubanos y otros migrantes
Military tension in Tapachula due to possible caravan of Cubans and other migrants
A new migrant caravan would leave Honduras this week
Migrant Cubans continue to try to obtain a humanitarian visa in the city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, to be able to move legally in Mexican territory to the United States.
Local media reports indicate that since December 23, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from the island and Central America have tried to process the document at the offices of the National Institute of Migration (INM).
The desperation for this situation caused a fight between Cubans and Hondurans who gathered enter these offices a few days ago.
On that occasion, the Mexican authorities decided to suspend the service, claiming that the migrants were not complying with the preventive measures to avoid contagion of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The Reuters agency reported that given the possibility of a new migrant caravan forming for traveling to the border between Mexico and the United States, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador deployed riot control teams in that city to prevent the advance of the contingent.
In addition, Guatemalan and Honduran authorities reported that they will also position troops from their respective armies to prevent the advance of a caravan from Central America.
The caravan that is supposed to leave Honduras this week led to a meeting on Monday between authorities from this country, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico in order to establish a comprehensive plan towards this situation.
“We just want them to give us an answer,” said a Cuban woman in a protest that was organized in front of the aforementioned INM offices and was captured by the cameras of said agency.
In addition, another Cuban citizen assured that the migrants will not move from the vicinity of the offices until they receive a response regarding their visa applications.
A Cuban woman interviewed by local media last week assured that several of her compatriots are initiating procedures at the INM and the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees so that they can legally be in Mexico.
She also said that at the moment thousands of others are crossing Central America and then entering Mexican territory.
A few hours after the end of 2020, hundreds of Cubans jumped over the controls of the Paso del Norte international bridge, located in Ciudad Juárez, to demand asylum in the United States. This caused the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to activate one of its riot groups to prevent illegal entry into the United States.
Most migrants are confident that during the first days of Joe Biden’s administration, favorable immigration measures will be established for entering the United States, however, experts assure that this will not happen soon and for a while the policies established by Donald Trump will continue.
Note: This article was automatically translated from Spanish and a couple of minor errors corrected.