Migrants on border literally sew their mouths shut in disturbing protest

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Approximately a dozen mostly Central and South American illegal immigrants shockingly sewed their mouths shut on Tuesday in protest, demanding Mexico’s immigration authority grant them passage so they can continue to the US border.

Gruesome photos taken by Reuters show the illegal immigrants using needles and plastic thread on each other to seal their mouths shut in Mexico’s southern border city of Tapachula.

The protesters left a small gap in their lips so they could drink liquids. They used alcohol to clean the blood off the stitches.

“I’m doing it for my daughter,” Venezuelan Yorgelis Rivera told Reuters. “She has not eaten anything in the last few hours and I see no solution … from the authorities.”

“We are like prisoners here,” she said noting that she has been waiting for a response from the Mexican government for more than a month.

Tapachula borders Guatemala and has seen thousands of illegal immigrants come there and wait over the last few months for Mexico’s immigration agency to allow them to cross the country so they can head for the U.S. border.

Migrants making their way to the U.S. southern border will often walk through multiple countries to get there in order to claim asylum.

“The migrants are sewing their lips together as a sign of protest,” commented Irineo Mujica, who is an activist at the demonstration. “We hope that the National Migration Institute can see that they are bleeding, that they are human beings.”

Mujica has organized a number of attempted caravans in 2021. Most of them were blocked by Mexican authorities from getting much further than southern Mexico.

Officials with the Mexican government’s National Migration Institute called the hunger strike “worrying.”

“It is worrying that these measures have been carried out with the consent and support of those who call themselves their representatives, with the intention of pressuring authorities on an attention already provided,” the agency declared in a statement.

The agency states that it continues to handle cases, adding that priority has been given to those who make up vulnerable groups, such as children, adolescents, pregnant women, victims of crime, people with disabilities, and the elderly. The institution claims it receives more than a hundred applicants at its offices in the southern city every day.

The United States has seen a major uptick in illegal immigrants coming from countries such as Nicaragua, Brazil, Cuba, and Venezuela, according to Fox News. The number of Nicaraguans has skyrocketed from 1,930 in March of last year to 15,298 in December of 2021. The number of Brazilian encounters has jumped from 3,995 in March to 7,924 in December, and the number of Cubans increased from 2,556 in March to 24,819 in December.

There were 178,840 illegal immigrant encounters at the U.S. southern border in December.

Mexico saw more illegal immigrants seek asylum last year than any year in history, according to the Washington Examiner. While many have sought refuge in Mexico, many more have opted to travel to the U.S. with the hope of seeking asylum through the graces of the Biden administration.


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