Some 1,600 migrants seeking asylum in a caravan bound for the United States in Mexico – UN Refugee Agency
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 28, 2021) About 1,600 asylum-seeking migrants are in a caravan that is currently at the start of a nearly 2,000-mile journey to the US border with Mexico, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokeswoman Sibylla Brodzinsky told Sputnik.
“Our estimates are around 1,600 people,” Brodzinsky said Wednesday of the size of the migrant caravan. “Our understanding is that the main objective is to draw attention to delays in accessing immigration documents, as well as access to the asylum procedure – by that I mean delays in Mexico.”
U.S. media reported that the migrant caravan may have been attempting to reach the U.S. border before the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program was reinstated in mid-November. The MPP would require migrants to wait in Mexico while they wait for their asylum process to be processed in the United States.
On Wednesday, the migrant caravan was near the southern Mexican town of Huixtla, near the border with Guatemala.
Texas Department of Public Safety press secretary Ericka Miller told Sputnik she was monitoring the situation as it unfolded in order to make real-time decisions and would adjust operations if necessary. .
Earlier this month, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency is preparing for all possible situations based on migrant movements and is prepared to deal with any potential increase in encounters with migrants.
The Mexican National Institute for Migration did not respond to Sputnik’s request for comment.
A record 1.7 million illegal migrants were apprehended at the southern border of the United States in fiscal year 2021, which is recorded from October to September.