OAN’s Abril Elfi
1:42 PM – Sunday, December 24, 2023
Thousands of migrants have joined a caravan in Mexico days before United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is arriving in Mexico for new agreements on migration control.
On Sunday, a large group of migrants made their way through Mexico toward the border with the United States, coming from Central America, Venezuela, Cuba, and other nations.
The caravan occurred days before Blinken is set to arrive in Mexico City to negotiate new agreements to manage the influx of migrants seeking entry into the United States.
The estimated 6,000-person caravan is the largest in over a year, with many of the participants being families with small children.
The Christmas Eve caravan departed from the city of Tapachula, near the country’s southern border with Guatemala.
In May, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to take in immigrants from countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua who had been denied entry into the United States due to their failure to abide by regulations that established new, legal routes for asylum and other types of migration.
However, that agreement, which was meant to slow down a post-pandemic spike in migration, seems insufficient as the number of migrants rises once more.
At the southwest border of the United States, up to 10,000 migrants were detained every day this month.
On Friday, López Obrador stated that he is willing to resume working with the United States to resolve immigration-related issues.
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