Mexican authorities have cleared out a migrant camp in Reynosa across the United States border in Texas.
Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, said that 400 migrants “willingly” left the camp on Monday.
Some migrants left the camp on foot because of the lack of buses, Pimentel said. She also confirmed that Mexican police and authorities surrounded the camp Monday to ensure that no one will go back and occupy the place.
Felicia Rangel-Samponaro, founder and co-director of the Sidewalk School for Children Asylum Seekers, said that authorities carried machine guns when they asked the migrants to leave and prevented them from getting their valuables.
“The military surrounded it [camp] so asylum seekers couldn’t go back to get their stuff,” Rangel-Samponaro said.
Volunteers from non-governmental organizations also reported the loss of “expensive” valuables such as heaters, water purifying units, stoves, water tanks, tents, and supplies meant to help the migrants.
Several NGOs have traveled to the Reynosa camp in the past months to help the migrants that settled there.
The temporary shelter in Reynosa was built in 2021 and has grown to accommodate 2,000 people. Migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti have occupied the border city of Reynosa for the past year.
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