Over 1000 Migrants Break Out of Southern Mexico Detention Center

Published May 2, 2019

Migrants Break out of Southern Mexico Detention Center

More than a thousand migrants broke out of a detention center in southern Mexico on the evening of April 25, freeing themselves from captivity in a prison for people caught traveling across the arbitrary borders of nation-states.

More than half of the roughly 1,300 migrants later were re-captured and sent to the Siglo XXI prison in the border city of Tapachula in Chiapas state, but about 600 have successfully evaded police and border enforcement.

Migrants from Cuba, who make up the majority of the people being held at the center, were allegedly involved in the breakout. Haitians and Central Americans were also among those who fled the prison, which has been crammed with people.

Bowing to pressure from the regime of the far-right wing U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico has returned 15,000 migrants in the past 30 days, thus demonstrating the hollowness of the “progressive” rhetoric by Mexican president Obrador.

On Wednesday, the belligerent Trump reiterated threats to close part of the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico doesn’t block what he described as a new caravan of migrants headed north.

The majority of migrants moving through Mexico are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but Cubans are also joining in large numbers.

As Trump intensifies his racist attacks on immigrants in the U.S., revolutionaries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border will act in solidarity with migrants fleeing captivity and in opposition to the fascist ICE agents and other border enforcement officials.