On Monday, more than 2,000 Haitians illegally entered Mexico near Tapachula, Chiapas, along the Guatemalan border. The Haitians sought refuge with the Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados (COMAR).
According to a recent Haitian news article, the migrants seeking refuge in Mexico are disregarding COVID-19 protocols by not wearing masks and are failing to socially distance. According to COMAR, more than 9,000 Haitians have entered Mexico in 2021. Haitians are second only to Hondurans in the tally of those entering Mexico illegally over this period.
The Haitians claim they are fleeing violence and poverty. Nearly 2,500 applied for refugee status in the last two weeks, according to COMAR. The recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise further complicates the political and social landscape in that country. This will likely lead to more unrest and migration away from the island.
Once registered for refugee status in Mexico, Haitians are