A group of more than 2,000 migrants, mainly from Central America, are marching through a Mexican city en route to the United States.
The migrants broke out of Tapachula, a southern border city in Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 24, and continued their mass trek toward the United States, more than 1,000 miles away, New York Post reported.
The new march included mainly migrants from Honduras and El Salvador but did not include many Haitians as in previous marches, The Associated Press added.
The migrants pushed past some state authorities who were positioned to block their progress. Some carried American flags and signs with U.S. President Joe Biden’s name. They walked to a nearby town to camp on a baseball field for the night.
A Honduran construction worker named José Antonio said he had been in Tapachula for two months seeking his visa request.
“They told me I had to wait because the appointments were full,” he said. “There is no work there so out of necessity I joined this group.”
José said he hopes he can get as close to the U.S. border as possible.
Earlier this year, tens of thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti were waiting in vain in Tapachula for refugee or asylum papers to be processed but grew tired of the delays. Mexico requires them to apply for humanitarian visas or asylum to remain in the border state of Chiapas, next to Guatemala, until their cases are reviewed.
The current march is more organized than the previous ones, as coordinators made participants register with a QR code or web link.
Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that the agency seized a record-high 1.7 million undocumented immigrants over the previous 12 months.
The U.S. border has seen a large influx of migrants since President Biden took office. Critics have blamed the influx on the Biden administration’s overturning of the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum-seekers.