Mexican officials have accelerated the transfer of thousands of migrants from southern Mexico to other states as the northern border region prepares to accept asylum seekers repatriated to Mexico from the United States.
Hundreds of buses full of migrants, most of them from Central America and others from Cuba and Venezuela, have the town of Tapachula in the state of Chiapas in recent days heading for other provinces, a Reuters witness and activist said on Monday.
Most of the migrants waited for months in Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, to try to make their migration status more permanent. Many have left behind violent and impoverished homelands, hoping to find refuge in the United States.
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In Tapachula, 45 buses evacuated migrants from the city on Saturday, a government source said on condition of anonymity.
Immigration rights activist Luis Garcia Villagran said police had seized 32 migrant buses from the city on Sunday, and another 70 on Monday.
"They are trying not to fill the northern boundary as the MPP begins," he said. "That's why they were moving so fast, controlling where the migrants were going."
Mexico's national immigration center did not respond to a request for comment.
A Nicaraguan immigrant who declined to be named said he was found boarding a bus bound for the city of San Miguel de Allende in central Guanajuato state.
"I have been here for a few months but thank God we are leaving," he said. A Nicaraguan immigrant who declined to be named said he was found boarding a bus bound for the city of San Miguel de Allende in central Guanajuato state.
A large number of migrants, mostly from Haiti, stayed in Tapachula waiting for buses, while others slept in an off-camp camp that the immigration officials used as a processing center.