Migrants using QR code to organize caravan headed toward Mexico City
Migrants from Central American countries and Haiti are turning to technology to organize a caravan headed toward the country's capitol where they intend to ask immigration officials there for help establishing their refugee status to avoid getting deported from the country.
A QR code is being shared among migrants that links to an online consent form saying the person agrees to pay for their own travel expenses. The announcement is in Spanish and Haitian Creole, according to the organization Pueblos Unidos Migrantes.
Most migrants are heading north from Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico after growing frustrated while waiting for permission from Mexico's National Institute for Migration to stay in the country as refugees.
Reports indicate the migrants intend to ask for refugee status from immigration officials in Mexico City. If that doesn't work, migrants have reportedly said they would head to the US border.
The migrants need permission from Mexico’s National Institute for Migration to show they can stay in the country as refugees to avoid being deported for being undocumented.
On Sept 21, Reuters reported Mexico's Commission for Refugee Assistance, or COMAR, expects a "record of more than 100,000 applications this year, up from a previous peak of 70,000 in 2019. A spokesperson said the delays were because high demand had overwhelmed capacity."
Earlier this year in August, INM immigration personnel and National Guard troops with riot gear clashed with migrants trying to head out of state.