Mexico Blocks New Migrant Caravan Headed for US

Mexican border police blocked a new caravan consisting of hundreds of migrants bound for the United States on Sep. 5, following three other caravans raided in the past few days.

Mexico’s National Guard and immigration officials separated parents from their children as they broke off the caravan’s main group, which was largely made up of Central Americans, Haitians, and Venezuelans.

Several migrants were detained while hundreds who ran for the River Huixtla escaped.

The migrants accused the Mexican police of using excessive force and violence, some of which were caught on video.

An eyewitness told Reuters that some officials threw stones at migrants to detain them.

Mexican authorities insisted that the acts of violence were isolated cases and that some officials accused of heavy-handedness were suspended.

The caravan was one of others that left the border city of Tapachula after having kept waiting to be processed by Mexican immigration officials.

The operation followed other caravan raids in the past few days, coming after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the government will keep undocumented migrants in southern Mexico.

Lopez Obrador also said that he is seeking a migration pact with U.S. President Joe Biden to provide work visas to Central American migrants.

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