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(CNN) –– Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves ordered authorities to declare a state of emergency Tuesday amid a surge of migrants who have arrived in the country to cross into the United States.
During a news conference, Chaves said many of the migrants pass through Costa Rica on their way to the United States.
"We all know that there is a migration crisis throughout the Americas, we are a country of passage of migrants fundamentally, people who come, who pass through Costa Rica trying to fundamentally reach the United States," Chaves said.
And he added that "this situation merits declaring a national emergency that exists in the country due to the number of people who are passing through our territory."
Chaves' decision comes amid a series of measures some countries in the region have taken to deal with the growing influx of migrants seeking to reach the U.S. Mexico, for example, reached an agreement with the United States to deport undocumented immigrants from its border cities to their home countries, and take several steps to deter them as part of a new effort to combat the recent surge in crossings. irregulars on Mexico's southern border.
The agreement follows an increase in crossings by undocumented immigrants at the southern U.S. border, which in recent weeks again reached pre-Title 42 figures, with 8,000 border apprehensions in one day last week. Daily apprehension numbers had dropped dramatically to 3,500 per day after the end of Title 42.
In addition, the National Institute of Migration (INM) of Mexico reported on Tuesday that it installed in Chiapas, in the ecological park of Tapachula, a camp so that the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Comar) could expedite care in the area. In the press release, the INM explained that it also relocated some 8,000 migrants to prevent "situations that put their integrity at risk in the face of the agglomeration registered days before."
To move migrants to various locations, 189 buses and 73 vans were used, the statement added.