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Thousands of Asylum Seekers Form Caravan in Southern Mexico, March Toward U.S.

HeadlineOct 25, 2021

In Mexico, some 3,000 asylum seekers — mostly from Haiti and Central America — who’ve been trapped in the southern city of Tapachula, organized a caravan over the weekend and started trekking north toward Mexico City, with many hoping to reach the U.S. for refuge. The Mexican National Guard tried to block the caravan, but members of the group were able to break through the roadblock, as some shouted “Libertad!” meaning “Freedom!” Asylum seekers, who fled extreme poverty, violence and the impacts of the climate crisis in their home countries, have been protesting a lack of aid, major delays in their asylum claims, restrictions on their movement and human rights abuses.

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