A caravan of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico was stopped after its push to the US border set off a barrage of criticism from US President Donald Trump.
The caravan of more than 1,000 migrants was winding its way through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Oaxaca state on 2nd April when the Mexican government announced it would move to break up the mass movement of people through the country.
In a joint statement, the interior and foreign relations ministries said the migrants – mostly from the violent and tumultuous northern triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – would be subject to “administrative procedures.”
Most would be given 10 days to leave the country, though they could ask for extensions, while those considered “vulnerable” such as pregnant women and the infirm could receive humanitarian visas, media outlets reported.
“Under no circumstances does the government of Mexico promote irregular migration,” the statement said.
Picture: Central American migrants participating in a caravan heading to the US receive water from Catholic volunteers on 2nd April in Oaxaca, Mexico. The caravan of migrants transiting Mexico was stopped after its push to the US border set off a barrage of criticism from US President Donald Trump. (CNS photo/Jose de Jesus Cortes, Reuters).