Mexico receives more than 10K humanitarian visa applications from migrant caravan

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:25 AM PT — Thursday, January 24, 2019

Migrants stand in line on the border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, as they start applying for Mexican humanitarian visas at the port of entry to Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, across the border from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

The number of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. is expected to grow as Mexico fast-tracks humanitarian visas.

Mexico’s new government is offering one-year visas to migrants, which include the right to work in Mexico and travel the country freely.

On Wednesday, Mexico’s National Migration Institute said the country has received more than 10,000 visa applications in the last week and that number grows every day.

Honduran nationals make up about 80-percent of the migrants in the caravan, including more than 1,500 minors.

More than 600 visas have been granted so far.