UPDATED 6:49 AM PT — Monday, January 21, 2019
Thousands of caravan migrants have applied for visas and job permits in Mexico after facing tough security at the U.S. border.
According to Mexican officials, 3,700 Central American migrants have applied for immigration status since Saturday. They said migrants are seeking humanitarian aid and immigration documents, which have been promised to them by the Mexican government.
Officials said the rise in applications comes after previous caravans have failed to enter the U.S. over the past few weeks. However, some migrants are saying the application process is taking too long.
“People from here have said that for our process, they’re going to give us the Mexican visa. We are here for that because supposedly they are giving us the visa within five-days, but we have been here for three-months and we have not seen them give us anything.” — Lucila Lopez, Salvadorian migrant in Mexico
Mexican officials also said their new immigration policy comes in response to President Trump’s calls for assistance with border security.