As a massive herd of nearly 2,000 mainly Central American migrants makes its way from the southern Mexico city of Tapachula Sunday, former President Donald Trump issued a statement slamming the lack of response from the current Biden administration.
“The largest caravan in history is coming towards us, and we are totally unprepared and doing nothing about it,” Trump said Sunday, adding “complete the wall and get tough. Our Country is being systematically destroyed before our very eyes!”
Migrants started marching before dawn before the heat of the day and continued into the early morning. The migrants are primarily from Honduras and El Salvador, with many being accompanied by small children.
By midday on the second day of their march, they had reached the town of Huehuetan, in southern Chiapas state.
Tens of thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti have been waiting in the southern city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, for refugee or asylum papers that would allow them to travel, but have become weary because of delays in the process.
On the first day of their march, the migrants were able to push past a line of state police officers who were trying to stop them. Minor scuffles ensued and a small child suffered a slight head wound, 0ther than that the migrants continued their march. Saturday they made it to the nearby village of Alvaro Obregon before stopping at a baseball field for the night.
One of the migrants from Honduras, José Antonio, said he had been waiting in Tapachula for two months for an answer on his request for some sort of visa.
“They told me I had to wait because the appointments were full,” said the construction worker. “There is no work there (in Tapachula), so out of necessity I joined this group.”
He said he hopes to find work in the northern city of Monterrey adding “We’ll go on, day by day, to get as far as we can.”
Police, immigration agents, and National Guard have intervened in similar marches on a smaller scale earlier this year.
In August, National Guard troops in riot gear blocked several hundred Haitians, Cubans and Central Americans who were marching on a highway from Tapachula. Mexico requires migrants applying for humanitarian visas or asylum to stay in the border state of Chiapas, located next to Guatemala until their cases are processed.