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Group from migrant caravan receive first work paychecks

Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of the Interior of Mexico says that the first group from the migrant caravan who were given work permits, have received payment.

To date, 546 people from the migrant caravan who signed up for the Estás en Tu Casa program received their first paycheck. The program, Estás en Tu Casa, was set up by several branches of the federal government to help those entering the country illegally become legitimate.

For those who chose Mexico as their new home, they were provided with work permits while immigration officers moved forward with their paperwork. Through a communiqué, the Ministry explained that the migrants were hired to rehabilitate the Tapachula Fairgrounds where they were sheltered while their applications for refugee status was being processed.

They report that this group is part of the 2,697 who entered the country in a non-aggressive, non-violent manner, requesting refuge status in Mexico. The National Institute of Migration (INM), along with the Mexican Commission for the Support of Refugees, ensured that those who entered the country were provided with the proper legal documents to live and work in the state of Chiapas while their legal status is processed.