Showdown in Mexico Thousands of migrants on their way to US clash with police

Showdown in Mexico Thousands of migrants on their way to US clash with police

Thousands of migrants clashed with Mexican police Sunday as they approached Mexico City on their northward trek through the Central American country.

Approximately 550 police officers were deployed to lead the migrants through the Mexican capital, government officials told BBC News.

The migrants were planning to walk to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a well-known pilgrimage site in the city. However, police reportedly blocked the group, telling them they should spend the night at a hostel before moving on.

Authorities alleged the migrants attacked first, saying they threw stones and grabbed police shields

Some migrants claimed they felt threatened after being surrounded by the riot gear-clad officers, according to BBC News.

The migrants had been walking along the highway connecting Mexico City with Puebla before they were stopped.

A migrant holds a shield as members of the migrant caravan clash with police
A migrant holds a shield as members of the migrant caravan clash with police, who are preventing them from passing on the Mexico-Puebla highway on December 12, 2021.
REUTERS/Luis Cortes
500 Central Americans from the migrant caravan that left Chiapas
Five hundred Central Americans from the migrant caravan that left Chiapas more than a month and a half ago arrived in Mexico City, where they found a police blockade.
EPA/Madla Hartz

Around a dozen police officers and several migrants were injured in the chaos.

The skirmish comes as thousands of people from Central America and elsewhere have been trekking through Mexico in an effort to claim asylum in the US.

The migrant caravans have been made up of hundreds or thousands of people, stopping traffic or risking their lives along the way.

Migrants took on the police force with nothing but sticks and stones.
Migrants took on the police force with nothing but sticks and stones.
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Last week, a group with men, women and children brought traffic on the Mexico City-Puebla road to a standstill. Some were spotted walking between cars and trucks along the highway, while others were seen lying down on the road to rest.

In a separate caravan farther south, at least 54 people were killed and over 100 injured after a truck overturned in Chiapas. Many of the victims were believed to be migrants and included men, women and children, according to multiple reports.

Republicans have repeatedly urged the Biden administration to act as the massive wave of migrants gets closer to the southern border.

Members of the migrant caravan carry a fellow migrant who was injured when a crowd pushed against the police.
Members of the migrant caravan carry a fellow migrant who was injured when a crowd pushed against the police.
REUTERS/Luis Cortes

Between October 2020 and September 2021, border officials apprehended approximately 1.7 million migrants — the second-highest figure ever recorded over a 12-month period.

US Customs and Border Protection reported the apprehension of just over 164,000 migrants in October 2021 — more than double October of last year.

As the migrants continue their trek north, the Biden administration has reimplemented the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy after several failed attempts to end it.

Members of the migrant caravan protest as police prevent them from passing on the Mexico-Puebla highway.
Members of the migrant caravan protest as police prevent them from passing on the Mexico-Puebla highway.
REUTERS/Luis Cortes

The policy requires asylum seekers attempting to enter America by crossing the southern border to wait in Mexico until their cases are heard.

In an effort to differentiate the current iteration of the policy from the one that existed under the Trump administration, the White House has committed to complete proceedings within six months of an individual’s return to Mexico as well as providing more opportunities for asylum seekers to secure legal counsel.

Administration officials are also looking for ways to avoid separating family members at the US-Mexico border, and have asked the public for recommendations on the matter.

https://nypost.com/2021/12/13/migrants-traveling-through-mexico-clash-with-police/

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