For the third time in seven days migrants have once again forced their way into the COMAR offices in Tapachula, Chiapas, to demand that their applications for asylum be processed. It is worth noting that this office deals with over 50% of all asylum requests made in Mexico, now the biggest migration channel in the world.
As the U.S. ends the Title 42 provision rejecting asylum seekers due to the COVID public health emergency, this article describes the current status at the U.S. Mexico Border.
As the policy comes to a close, the UNHCR and IOM express concern about new restrictions affecting access to asylum for refugees and migrants in the Americas under the Biden administration.
“We are here because you were there, read a banner in a demonstration of migrants in 2003, in Spain. The slogan sums up well the historical nature and the relationship between colonialism, imperialism, and the recent phenomena of mass migration.” Raúl Romero sheds light on the borders of bloodshed and the crisis of the international working class.
With their feet torn up, under the sun and rain, hundreds of migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, Central America and other nationalities continued the caravan that left last Saturday from the city of Tapachula, a place where some have stayed for more than a year, without work and awaiting the Mexican government’s response to their requests for asylum. The Mexican immigration system, they say, has collapsed.