MADRID, Jan. 21 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The National Migration Institute (INM) of Mexico has reported on Monday that it has rescued 402 migrants who have managed to enter the country and are looking for another 58 who have entered the jungle area of the Suchiate River.
According to the INM, about 500 people of Central American origin, mostly from Honduras, have managed to enter Mexico “in an irregular condition” by crossing the Suchiate River, the agency said in a statement. In addition, he has transferred that 40 migrants have decided to return to the border with Guatemala.
The 402 rescued people are currently in the Institute's facilities to provide them with basic health, water and food accommodation and services.
In these facilities “their legal status will be determined” and, if necessary, “their assisted return” will be carried out to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, by means of planes of the National Guard of Mexico “in order to guarantee conditions worthy of transfer and to privilege women and minors. ” “The rest will be returned by land on buses,” according to the INM.
Central American migrants have entered Mexico on Monday crossing the Suchiate River after rejecting the Mexican authorities their proposal to enter the country “safely and orderly” from Guatemala.
Mexican agents have used tear gas against migrants, who have responded by throwing stones. In the confusion there were blows and screams despite the fact that among the Central Americans there were children and women.
A group of eight migrants from the Central American caravan previously delivered a letter as an ultimatum with a period of three hours addressed to the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the intention of letting them pass. After the deadline, migrants began to move towards the river that serves as a natural border between the two nations.
In this sense, the INM has defended that the Government of Mexico has acted “with responsibility” before the request of the migrants to enter the country.
“Once the response of the Mexican Government was known, the leaders made the decision to summon the rest of the people to cross the Suchiate River, without considering the risks that this implies for minors and vulnerable groups,” explained the INM.
Thus, in their attempt, according to the agency, “they launched projectiles at the National Guard elements to enter irregularly, which represents a violation of the Migration Law.”
In this regard, he has reported that five agents of the National Guard have been injured, so they have had to be treated in health centers.
“Federal Migration Agents will transfer to immigration stations and stays any foreign person who does not accredit a condition of regular stay,” he stressed. “Their legal situation will be resolved and, where appropriate, the assisted return to their country of origin will be carried out”, has settled in INM.
In just a few days, hundreds of Hondurans, who have also joined Guatemalans, have crossed the region until they reach the Mexican border, closed and heavily guarded by the National Guard.
Last year there were strong clashes in this same scenario between Central American migrants and security forces. Some, desperate to enter Mexico, threw themselves into the river that serves as a natural border to swim across.
Migrants from the so-called Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – began to march in groups in October 2018 to protect themselves from the dangers of crossing the region, plagued by criminal organizations.
Then, the Donald Trump Administration came to talk about “invasion” and forced issuing countries and Mexico, a transit country, to sign immigration agreements to strengthen measures against illegal immigration under threat of withdrawing American aid they receive and even of imposing commercial tariffs.