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| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Mexican officials clear out migrant camp at Texas border

Mexican authorities have cleared a makeshift migrant encampment in the northern border city of Reynosa, which had grown to hold approximately 2,000 people over the past year, according to Mexico’s migration institute (INM) on Tuesday.

Many of the migrants, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, were taken to a nearby shelter, according to INM.

The Reynosa camp was established in March 2021 in a public plaza directly across the border from McAllen, Texas. Many of those sleeping in tents or under tarps claim to have fled violence or persecution in their home countries.

During the coronavirus pandemic, such camps grew after former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration implemented a health order that turned away asylum seekers and other migrants at the border.

    Source:
  • Reuters