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A caravan of migrants traveling through the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico has grown significantly, with its destination being the United States.
The group’s organizer, Irineo Mujica, noted that the caravan’s numbers had increased by approximately 1,000, bringing the total to over 7,000 participants since Monday. Contrarily, a Chiapas government spokesperson estimated the group’s size to be around 3,500.
On Tuesday, the migrants paused their journey, resting in Huehuetan, a short distance from Tapachula, the city near the Guatemalan border where the trek began. Their next stop, according to Mujica, is Huixtla, a town located further north.
The demographics of the caravan are diverse, with individuals coming from nations Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela. This year has witnessed a surge in migrants crossing the challenging Darien Gap region between Panama and Colombia.