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Migrant Caravan In Southern Mexico Marks Christmas Day By Trudging Onward

Migrant caravan in southern Mexico marks Christmas Day by trudging onward while it's hot outside. Christmas Eve dinner was a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a banana that the Catholic church gave to some refugees in the town of Álvaro Obregón in the southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

Mariella Blankenship
Dec 27, 20232845 Shares69383 Views
Migrant caravan in southern Mexico marks Christmas Day by trudging onwardwhile it's hot outside.
Christmas Eve dinner was a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a banana that the Catholic church gave to some refugees in the town of Álvaro Obregón in the southern state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

Migrant Caravan In Southern Mexico Marks Christmas Day By Walking Onward

Migrant Caravan In Southern Mexico walking together
Migrant Caravan In Southern Mexico walking together
For people walking through southern Mexicoon Christmas Day, it was just another hard day, which was a powerful reminder of how hard things are for thousands of refugees. In the town of Álvaro Obregón in the state of Chiapas, people who were trying to make a better life spent Christmas in the relentless sun with few meals and temporary beds.
Even though it was the holiday season, these refugees didn't get any gifts. Instead, the Catholic Church gave them a simple meal of a banana, a sandwich, and a bottle of water. They slept on pieces of cardboard or plastic under makeshift shelters, which showed how hard their trip was.
Karla Ramírez, a refugee from Honduras, had a sad first experience that day: she had to spend Christmas on the streets. Because Ramírez and her friends couldn't use the church's food, they had to buy whatever little they could afford. For Christmas, they had mortadella, butter, tomatoes, and a tortilla.
Mariela Amaya, who is also from Honduras, had a hard time telling her seven-year-old son why they had to spend Christmas in such bad conditions. A lot of refugees agreed with this and asked why the Mexican and U.S. governments weren't helping those people. Families in the area helped the group feel better by giving them tamales and water.
The hard trip has made migrants angry and frustrated, which was made worse by having to wait a long time for documents in Tapachula, a nearby city. Even though Mexico says it doesn't give out transit passes, migrants are still hoping to get some kind of paperwork that will let them take buses to the U.S. border.
Around 6,000 people, the biggest caravan since June 2022, set out on Sunday. The timing was similar to a caravan that left during the Summit of the Americas in 2022. The Christmas caravan this year is happening at the same time that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall are meeting with their Mexican peers in Mexico City for talks.
Because the U.S. is putting pressure on Mexico, it has said it is willing to help control the flow of migrants. Recent closings of important railroad border points in Texas showed how bad things are, as they affect the shipping of goods like grain and freight between the two countries.
Up to 10,000 migrants are being arrested every day at the southwest border of the United States in December. This is putting more pressure on resources and making things more tense politically.
Even though it was agreed to accept migrants from certain countries, the wave is still happening, which means that more work needs to be done to find answers that balance the needs of refugees and the needs of the country. Over 2 million people have been arrested for illegal crossings in each of the last two U.S. fiscal years. This shows how complicated problems are caused by the way people move around the world.

Final Thoughts

The moving Christmas stories of migrants traveling through southern Mexico show how hard their dangerous trip is all the time. As the biggest caravan since 2022 heads toward the U.S. border, the plight of these people makes it clear that the U.S. and Mexican governments need to work together to find answers right away.
The upcoming talks in Mexico City, which will be led by U.S. officials, are meant to deal with the growing number of migrants and find a balance between national interests and social concerns. This case shows how complicated modern migration is, as it has many effects on people, countries, and relations between two countries.
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