Sep 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Approximately 400 migrants depart southern Mexico for U.S.

Haitian migrants walk along a highway in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

Haitian migrants walk along a highway in Tapachula, Chiapas state in Mexico, on Sept. 1. Photo: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A migrant caravan of about 400 people departed from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula for the United States on Saturday, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The caravan departed at about 7:30am local time — days after migration officials broke up another group, per Reuters.

  • Many in the group, which includes Central Americans and Haitians and some Venezuelans and other South Americans, said they sought to escape poverty and violence at home.
  • "I've handed in paperwork, but nothing ever gets fixed," Sharon, a 31-year-old mother who is part of the group, told Reuters.
  • "Just appointments and more appointments. I am scared, but if I don't get out of here, I'm not going to get work," she said.

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