A group of about 2,000 mainly Central American migrants continued their mass trek from the southern Mexico city of Tapachula on Sunday, as they make their way north to the United States.
Tens of thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti have also been waiting in Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, for refugee or asylum papers that might allow them to travel. Mexico requires migrants applying for humanitarian visas or asylum to remain in the border state of Chiapas, next to Guatemala, for their cases to be processed.
On the first day of the march, the migrants pushed past a line of state police who were trying to stop them. There were some injuries, with one child suffering a head wound. The migrant caravan has so far made it only a few miles (kilometers) to the nearby village of Alvaro Obregon on Saturday before stopping to rest for the night at a baseball field.
Police, immigration agents and National Guard have broken up smaller attempts at similar breakouts earlier this year. In August, National Guard troops in riot gear blocked several hundred Haitians, Cubans and Central Americans who set out walking on a highway from Tapachula. In January, a larger caravan of migrants tried to leave Honduras but was blocked from crossing Guatemala [SF Gate].