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In Mexico, we've seen Haitian migrants heading to US. Why was it a surprise?

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25.09.2021

VERACRUZ, Mexico – For weeks, deeply upsetting images have dominated the Mexican news of Haitian families clutching sobbing babies in diapers as they attempt to make their way to the U.S. to apply for asylum.

"Haitians in Chiapas live in migrant chaos," said one article a month ago in the Mexican national newspaper El Universal. "Earthquake, storms and floods: the constant battle facing Haitians," read a headline in El Sol de Mexico, also a month ago. "Over 200 Haitian migrants refuse to leave bus in Veracruz" read a headline in the national publication, Proceso.

That tens of thousands of people were en route to the U.S. to apply for asylum was no secret. The government should have been prepared to receive them like human beings.

Here in Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico, the sight of desperate migrants, often on foot, heading north from central America toward what they believe to be a better life – and asylum – in the United States is not uncommon.

For the past two years the number of Haitian migrants looking for work, refuge and sustenance have been few – dotting the roadsides of the most frequently traveled immigration routes in the country: Starting at the Guatemala-Mexico border in the state of Chiapas, up through Veracruz, onto the railways of "La........

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