Migrant caravan rejects offers of visas by Mexican authorities

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Migrant caravan rejects offers of visas by Mexican authorities

A caravan of more than 3,000 migrants from Central America is advancing through Mexico, after leaders rejected the country’s offers of visas to stem the march to the US border.

As migrants moved through Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, the government offered them humanitarian visas if they agreed to dissolve the caravan Friday.

A large caravan of migrants from Central America passing through Acacoyagua, Chiapas, Mexico on October 29, 2021.
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The migrants in the caravan have rejected an offer of visas from Mexico as they make their way towards the United States.
The migrants in the caravan have rejected an offer of visas from Mexico as they make their way towards the United States.
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Leaders told Reuters that when they took the offer to a vote, members of the caravan, which include families with young children from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the Caribbean, rejected it.

“We think it’s a trap,” Salvadoran migrant Rosa Arellano told Reuters. “We think it’s an opportunity for Mexican authorities to capture us.”

One migrant claimed that they believe the visa offer was a "trap."
One migrant claimed that they believe the visa offer was a “trap.”
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The caravan includes about 3,000 migrants.
The caravan includes about 3,000 migrants.
EPA/Juan Manuel Blanco

Mexico is under increasing pressure from the US to stem the flow of migrants making their way to the southern border. In fiscal year 2021, which ended at the end of August, more than 1.7 million migrants were arrested by US Border Patrol agents as they attempted to cross into the US, according to US Customs and Border Protection. It is the highest number of migrant arrests recorded since 1986, the agency said.

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