Venezuelan and Cuban migrants protest demanding humanitarian visas


A group of migrants from Venezuela and Cuba they protested this saturday at crosswalk from Mexico to Guatemala to demand that the Migration’s national institute (INM) grant them humanitarian visas.

The migrants came to Hidalgo City, Chiapasafter a disturbance in the city of Tapachula, where they denounce that there is chaos due to the saturation of migrants from Haiti and Africa.

“We have told the director of migration about this issue but he has ignored it, giving priority to Haitians and Africans who throw stones and burn tires,” one of the migrants told Efe, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

The demonstration occurs while the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador makes a tour of Chiapas, where on Friday he faced protests from dozens of migrants who sewed their mouths for the treatment they receive from the INM.

This other group of foreigners slept since Friday in Ciudad Hidalgo, one of the main crossings between Mexico and Guatemala, looking for the immigration authorities to accept their documents to process the visa that the López Obrador government has promised on other occasions.

Graciel Gutiérrez, from Cuba, denounced that he received blows in a riot caused by the saturation of migrants.

He pointed out that he had to stop doing his paperwork in Tapachula because he has preferred to travel to Ciudad Hidalgo to avoid being in the middle of the brawls and protect his children.

“They hanged me, convalescent children came out, we never had support from Immigration or the Police, the only thing they tell us is that we have to be patient and wait,” he asserted.

The main request of the Cubans is that their petitions be attended to and that they be granted their visas for humanitarian reasons and that they be able to leave this border zone.

Another of the migrants from Venezuela, William Tapia, indicated that they carried out a peaceful protest because in the pedestrian access to Guatemala there are men, women and children who have been waiting for hours for a response from the federal authorities.

“We are not protesting or doing vandalism, but they do not tell us if they are going to attend us today or tomorrow, we cannot go up to Tapachula, because if not, Immigration will catch us, so we need them to give us the visa and put the stamp on us. passport,” he said.

The situation on this border is a reflection of the record migratory flow from the region to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants on the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended in September.

Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021, numbers not seen in 15 years, according to data from the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Ministry of the Interior.

Despite the migrants’ complaints, President López Obrador promised this Friday that his government “is dealing with this matter every day and protecting them and respecting their human rights.”


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