Mexican immigration authorities offer humanitarian visas to caravan immigrants

Updated: 11:31 GMT, Apr 6, 2018 | Published: 11:31 GMT, Apr 6, 2018 |

Mexican officials on Monday (April 2) began processing special temporary visas for some of the more than 1,200 Central American migrants in Mexico who are heading to the U.S. border.

The caravan began its 2,000-mile (3,200-km) journey at Tapachula near the Guatemalan border on March 25. Many of them hope to make it to the U.S. border, where some of its members will apply for asylum, while others will attempt to sneak into the United States. Others say they will seek to stay in Mexico as refugees.

Immigration officials collected information from migrants seeking either to stay in Mexico or continue towards the U.S. border.

Officials said special waivers could be granted in as little as three days that would allow the migrants more freedom to move throughout the country or work.

The caravan is currently stopped in Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca while they await the paper work.

Other migrants have left the group, reportedly headed north toward the border

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