Agents of the National Migration Institute (INM) detain migrants during an operation by the National Guard to halt a caravan of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America, hours after they embarked towards the US, in Tuzantan [Jacob Garcia/Reuters]

Tapachula, Mexico – Immigrant rights groups are raising alarm over the recent detention of hundreds of migrants and documented asylum seekers in southern Mexico, calling it an “outright war on migrants” and a “cruel and inhumane hunt”. 

Hundreds of migrants travelling in a US-bound caravan in the southern state of Chiapas, as well as others in the region, were detained on Saturday, despite many carrying official Mexican government documents that grant them the right to be in the state.

Mexican advocates and activists

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