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Several thousand migrants headed north through Mexico

Several thousand migrants pushed past authorities in southern Mexico and are heading north to the United States border, according to a report from Reuters.

The caravan with about 3,000 migrants is made up of individuals from Haiti, South America and Central America, the wire service reported. 

The group began its trek Saturday by the city of Tapachula near the Guatemalan border and is its making its way through Mexico. 

There was a checkpoint in Tapachula where migrants had to get past about 400 law enforcement officers in riot gear.

A Reuters video captured families putting children on their shoulders while they tried to get past officers. One family with a small child was knocked down with their personal items strewn on the ground. 

Irineo Mujica, one of the organizers of the group, said that the mass of people will go to Mexico City to protest the lack of government assistance in southern part of the country. Reuters reported that Mexican authorities have tried to contain migrants in the country.

The caravan comes as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released data Friday that 1.7 million migrants have been arrested at the southern border in fiscal 2021.

The number of arrests is the highest on record and a dramatic increase from fiscal 2020 when about 400,000 migrants were arrested.

News of another group of migrants also comes about one month after the U.S. government removed thousands of migrants from the U.S. border in Texas where they set up camps underneath a bridge in Del Rio.

Members of the camp group, made up of mostly Haitian migrants, sought to cross the border after political turmoil and natural disaster rocked Haiti earlier this year. 

The Hill has reached out to the State Department and Department of Homeland Security for comment.  

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