MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States.
The National Immigration Institute did not identify the nationalities of the migrants, but they are usually from Central America.
A similar confrontation occurred on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year.
The institute said the migrants were acting in a “hostile” and “aggressive” way, and accused them of also attacking local police in Metapa, a Mexican village that lies between the border and the nearby city of Tapachula.
The group of 350 pushed past police guarding the bridge and joined a larger group of about 2,000 migrants who are walking toward Tapachula in the latest caravan to enter Mexico.
“Chingados!” screamed the thuggish invaders as they pushed police to the ground and laughed at them. “Grocerias!” they screamed at the police, apparently voicing their joy at finally being able to buy groceries. The police had no fight in them and the hundreds just poured through.
“Prendiamos il Welfare” screamed others, smiling. A life of hard work was finally at an end.
The cheap gate – just sections of chickenwire fence – was easy to defeat. Why can’t they make a solid concrete barrier? It’s all just show of course, they know the cheap gate will be defeated.
Others simply took one of 20 boats ferrying people across below the bridge. The police acted like they were invisible.