Mexico disbands its caravan; US pledges to accept more migrants

Mexico disbands its caravan; US pledges to accept more migrants

Migrants gather outside the Border Transit Comprehensive Care Center, guarded by security forces, to ask for legal documents that allow them to travel through Mexico, on the outskirts of Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico on June 10, 2022. Mexico's National Institute for Migration INM said in a statement that the caravan was dissolved by reaching an agreement with its organizers and redirecting people to its INM offices in the Chiapas state.

The agency helped the migrants get a document to keep track of their stay in the country.

The caravan, which migration activists said could be one of the region's largest in recent years, left Tapachula on Monday. According to the INM, it was made up of people from Central America, Venezuela, Haiti, and other countries.

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The disbandment of the caravan comes on the heels of the US-hosted Summit of the Americas, which was roiled by division after the exclusion of some leftist Latin American countries.

US President Joe Biden and fellow leaders from the Western Hemisphere announced a series of migrant programs supported by various countries across the hemisphere and Spain, pledging a more cooperative approach.

The measures include the United States and Canada committing to take more guest laborers, provide legal pathways for people to come to work, and other countries agreeing to greater protections for migrants.

Some analysts were skeptical that the pledges were meaningful enough to make a significant difference.

According to a White House statement, Mexico will accept more Central American workers.