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Mexican authorities defuse migrant march over Easter weekend

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TAPACHULA, Mexico — A march of Easter weekend migrants from Mexico’s far south appeared to end quickly on Saturday when authorities sent buses to take them a few miles up the road and promised to speed up the process. documents for them.

About 800 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, Cubans and Central Americans, left carrying crosses from Tapachula, where thousands of migrants await permits or documents that could allow them to move north to the US border or from unless you stay in Mexico.

Officials sent buses to pick them up and take them to the town of Huixtla, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) down the road, saying they would process the paperwork for them on Monday.

“We are going to help them regularize,” said Hugo Cuellar, representative of the National Institute for Migration.

For several years, migrants have staged Holy Week marches that combine religious demonstration, protest and an effort to resume a northward march that had been interrupted by attempts by Mexican authorities to delay them in Tapachula in the far south of the country rather than moving closer to the politically sensitive US border. Most of the marches were halted by authorities soon after they left.

“What we want is to keep walking, to keep moving forward,” said Desire Báez, a Venezuelan traveling with her children, parents, brothers and nephews. “What we want is for immigration to help us, not to hold us back for so long.”

As discontent grows among migrants stranded in Tapachula, leading to increased attempts to march north, authorities since late last year have begun moving some by bus to other states and processing their migrants there. applications for immigration documents.

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