Mi­grants break bor­der gate, move into Mex­ico

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Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties said a group of about 350 mi­grants broke the locks on a gate at the Gu­atemalan bor­der Fri­day and forced their way into south­ern Mex­ico to join a larger group of mi­grants try­ing to make their way to­ward the United States.

The Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion In­sti­tute did not iden­tify the na­tion­al­i­ties of the mi­grants, but they are usu­ally from Cen­tral Amer­ica.

A sim­i­lar con­fronta­tion oc­curred on the same bor­der bridge be­tween Mex­ico and Gu­atemala last year.

The in­sti­tute said the mi­grants were act­ing in a “hos­tile” and “ag­gres­sive” way, and ac­cused them of also at­tack­ing lo­cal po­lice in Me­tapa, a Mex­i­can vil­lage that lies be­tween the bor­der and the nearby city of Ta­pachula.

The group of 350 pushed past po­lice guard­ing the bridge and joined a larger group of about 2,000 mi­grants who are walk­ing to­ward Ta­pachula in the lat­est car­a­van to en­ter Mex­ico.

Clau­dia Jaque­line San­doval, 43, from El Pro­greso, Hon­duras, was walk­ing to­ward Ta­pachula with her 6-year-old daugh­ter. An­other son and a daugh­ter are al­ready in the United States.

“I have been HIV pos­i­tive for 16 years,” said San­doval, but her rea­son for go­ing north was not just med­i­cal treat­ment. “It has been two years since I heard from my son” in the United States, and money is scarce, she said.


Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants, part of the car­a­van hop­ing to reach the U.S. bor­der, walk on the shoul­der of a road in Fron­tera Hi­dalgo, Mex­ico, on Fri­day. The group pushed past po­lice guard­ing the bridge and joined a larger group of about 2,000 mi­grants.

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