The Americas

Mexico rights agency to accompany returning migrant caravan

Migrants returning to Mexico for the holidays will form a caravan of at least 150 vehicles to travel from Nuevo Laredo to their homes in central Mexico.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says its inspectors will accompany the caravan from the border to the north-central town of Jalpan, in Queretaro.

The commission said in a statement Tuesday that it will accompany the Dec. 15 caravan to help protect migrants from human rights violations by Mexican officials or organized crime groups.

Migrants frequently return home laden with presents, making them targets for extortion or robbery.

There have been complaints about roving checkpoints set up by tax officials to ensure migrants pay import duties on goods they bring back.

The migrants' supporters argue they have already been checked at the border.