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Mexican authorities arrest hundreds of migrants in the south

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An estimated 800 migrants trying to continue their journey north were intercepted by Mexican authorities shortly after leaving the town of Tapachula in southern Mexico.

TAPACHULA, Mexico — About 800 migrants attempting to continue their journey north were intercepted by Mexican authorities early Friday after leaving the southern town of Tapachula overnight.

Migrants from Central America, Haiti, Venezuela and other countries were loaded into immigration vans.

On Thursday, hundreds of migrants demonstrated outside local offices of immigration and asylum authorities, complaining that the process of obtaining temporary legal status was too slow. Migrants have long said there is not enough work or housing for the thousands of people who have been waiting for months in Tapachula for their status to be resolved.

Many incur debt to migrate and anything that delays them from getting paid work makes their situation worse as they still have to pay rent and buy food.

Tapachula is also home to the largest migrant detention center in Latin America. There was no official word on the number of migrants arrested Friday morning.

Luis García Villagrán, an advocate for migrants in the city, accused the immigration agency of causing the exodus by not resolving their cases.

Mexican authorities arrest hundreds of migrants in the south

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