Overnight, 1300 Cuban, Haitian, and Central Americans migrants escaped the Tapachula, Chiapa, detention center where they were being held. Half returned, but 600 are currently still at large and are presumed to be continuing on their journey toward the U.S. border.
In what was termed by the Mexican National Institute of Migration a “large-scale unauthorized exit,” the escape resulted when a protest against overcrowding at the Siglo XXI center in southern Mexico turned into a riot. The facility was designed to hold 900, but routinely now houses up to 3000.
Mexico has been experiencing its own migrant crisis in the past months and the national government seems uncertain as to how to manage it. The practice of handing out humanitarian visas was tried and now has been discontinued, as officials yielded to pressure from the U.S. and from its own citizenry. Within the past week, stepped-up efforts by officials to intercept migrant caravans, particularly at the Tehuantepec isthmus, have shrunk the so-called “mother of all caravans” down from 20,000 to a still-massive 10,000, forcing many to resort to the notorious “Death Train,” or La Bestia.
On Wednesday of this week, President Trump tweeted a warning to the Mexican government about the caravan: “Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military.”
With more caravans seeming to form every day as Central America–and now, Cuba, Haiti, etc.–export their unwanted to America, this crisis is far from over.
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