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Mexico stops caravan with 2,000 migrants entering the US; Critics refer to Roundup as a "manhunt"



A caravan of approximately 2,000 migrants arriving in the United States on Saturday was stopped by the Mexican authorities just hours before their trip.

The caravan was made up of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and the US Reuters reported that Central America had left before dawn for Tapachula, a city in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border.

  Migrants depart early in the morning from Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico.

The migrants leave Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in the early morning.
(AP)

Many of the migrants who left Tapachula early in the morning were held there for weeks or months, waiting for permits or transit papers from the Mexican authorities.

About 24 miles before their trip, the Federal Police and National Guard blocked their way. Most of the group was arrested and put on a bus back to Tapachula, while about 150 migrants returned on foot, witnesses said.

JOE GIUDICES SHOCKING CHANGE WAS NOTIFIED AFTER HAVING BEEN LEFT FROM THE ICE AUTHORITY People – spread media coverage as immigration officials on both sides of the border struggled to stem the tide.

Under pressure from Washington, the government has taken a tougher attitude in dealing with migrants, and many Mexicans are less pleased.

President Trump, who often referred to the caravans as an "invasion," negotiated a deal with Mexico in June to avert import tariffs if Mexico restricted US immigration.

Salva Lacruz of the Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center in Tapachula called the rally a "manhunt" on Sunday and found that officials were waiting for the migrants to be tired before forcing them into vans.

Sending Migrants Back in the South was an "exercise in cruelty," Lacruz said, saying the migrants had come to Mexico because "they need international protection."

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Mexico's Export Business is heavily dependent on US trade, and the government is far less hospitable to migrants.

Mexico has given refugees the opportunity to obtain work and residence permits to stay in southern Mexico, far from the US border. However, these asylum permits are slow to arrive in an overburdened immigration system.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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