Villahermosa, Tabasco — The National Institute of Migration (INM) has coordinated a second plane of caravan migrants who were deported from Mexico after a weekend of chaos along the Guatemalan border which, so far, has seen more than 400 deported.
Since Friday, thousands of migrants have attempted to enter Mexico. Although National Guard troops were on site to prevent their illegal entry, many migrants became violent which resulted in Mexican National Guard personnel throwing tear gas at aggressors.
Amid the chaos, hundreds of Central Americans managed to flee into nearby jungle in Mexican territory. Those found have been taken into custody and held for a plane that saw them deported back to their country of origin.
On Tuesday, el Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) organized a second National Guard plane of 109 Hondurans which left the Carlos Rovirosa Pérez International Airport in Villahermosa, Tabasco bound for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The previous fight saw 219 returned by air with another 144 deported by land.
El Instituto Nacional de Migración says the return is made in agreement with government authorities of Honduras, “in strict adherence to respect for human rights and complying with the current immigration rules and procedures.”
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard reported that at least a thousand Central American migrants agreed to be assisted by the Government of Mexico to return to their home countries after not being able to reach the border with the United States.
These two deportation flights from Mexico are the first this year, however, more deportations are expected in the coming days.