A group of thousands of migrants from Central America passing through southern Mexico has been offered visas to stay and work in Mexico by Mexican authorities on Friday. The migrants refused the offer.
The group, most of them from Central American nations, have now reached the Mexican town of Acacoyagua in Chiapas, having recently crossed the Guatemalan border.
Mexican riot police were deployed in number earlier in order to stop the caravan just outside of the town of Tapachula, which is on the Guatemalan border. Their efforts failed spectacularly, with the much larger group of migrants easily breaking the police line and advancing.
According to Reuters, "the humanitarian visas would have temporarily regularized the migrants' legal status in Mexico while granting them access to public services like healthcare, as well as the ability to work," on the conditions that the immigrants must first report to shelters and agree to be split up and sent elsewhere in Mexico.
However, one of the group's leaders, Irineo Mujica, expressed that the group decided collectively to reject the offer due to many of them thinking that it's a trap. Mujica further indicated that the decision was made by a voting process.
Mujica, ironically, had expressed the exact opposite sentiment when interviewed just days ago, saying that his caravan largely wanted to stay in Mexico, saying:
"We are asking the Mexican government to give them papers to have a choice [to stay] here, because Mexico is a good place to live, to work," and tagging Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Alejandro Mayorkas.
It is speculated that the caravan will slowly work its way to the US border up north. Once they are there they are likely to try to cross the border illegally and then turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents, as have other caravans before it.