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© Reuters. The caravan of migrants carries them across the country in order to get to the U.S. border. Regional leaders are meeting in Los Angeles June 6th 2022 to discuss immigration issues. REUTERS/Quetzalli Nicte-Ha

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Jose Torres, Lizbeth Diaz

TAPACHULA, (Reuters) – Several thousand migrants from Venezuela set out from south Mexico Monday to travel to the United States. Their journey coincided with the Summit of the Americas, Los Angeles, this week.

According to migration activists, the caravan could have been one of the largest in the region over the past few years.

According to Reuters witnesses, at least 6,000 people left Tapachula’s border city. Mexico’s National Institute for Migration has not provided an estimation of the number or made any comment about the caravan.

Luis Garcia Villagran, the organizer of Caravan said that there were many nationalities represented by people fleeing poverty in their homelands including those from Venezuela.

He stated that these are nations in crisis due to violence and poverty. “We urge everyone who is attending this summit to examine what’s happening and look into what can happen in Mexico if it isn’t done immediately.”

The U.S. President Joe Biden will announce an agreement on regional migration issues later this week.

The children among them were young migrants who began their journey under rain. They spread out over several lanes of the highway with umbrellas and plastic ponchos.

In 2018, and 2019, large caravans traveling to the United States also crossed Mexico. Most of them were made up mostly of Central Americans.

An unprecedented number of immigrants attempted illegally to cross the border between Mexico and America last year.

Robinson Reyes (35-year-old Colombian immigrant) said that he hopes the group will attract attention from leaders at the summit.

He said, “We want a bright future for our kids…we want to travel across Mexico with no problems.” They can have a dialogue and find a solution, if God wills.

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