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Mexican Troops In Riot Gear Stop Hundreds Of Migrants Heading Toward US

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Mexican troops in riot gear stopped hundreds of migrants making their way toward the U.S. border, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Around 300 migrants from Central America, Cuba and Haiti left Tapachula, Mexico, and a few hundred other migrants joined the group as it made its way north, according to the AP. Tapachula is more than a 1,000-mile drive from Hidalgo, Texas, where hundreds of migrants try to illegally enter the U.S.

The group was allowed to pass through an immigration checkpoint after traveling for around eight hours before they were stopped by Mexican National Guardsmen, the AP reported. The troops arrested some of the migrants, while others ran away. One immigration official reportedly kicked a migrant who was laying on the ground.

Around 200 migrants made it to Huixtla, Mexico, around 30 miles northwest of Tapachula, on Saturday night, Rev. Heyman Vazquez said, the AP reported. Vasquez is a priest in the town who works with migrants.

Central American migrants – mostly Hondurans heading in a caravan to the US – rest next to a US flag on their way from Ciudad Hidalgo to Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

Several migrants were injured during the incident, the Collective of Monitoring and Documentation of Human Rights of the Southeast reported, according to the AP. The organization reported migrants were put on buses and taken away from the scene. (RELATED: Another Migrant Caravan Is Coming For The Border)

Migrants stuck in Tapachula threatened to form a caravan and leave the town if Mexican officials didn’t help them with their immigration cases, the AP reported. The group consisted mostly of Central Americans, including many Haitians.

Over 14,000 Mexican National Guard troops and military members were deployed to southern Mexico to “stop all migration,” Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval said Friday, according to the AP.

The migrants formed one of the largest caravans since the COVID-19 pandemic began, similar to the group that attempted to leave Honduras in January before being stopped in Guatemala, the AP reported.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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