Thousands of people from Honduras crossed the border into neighboring Guatemala. Your destination: USA. The warnings came from here in advance. Mexico has strengthened its border guards.
Thousands of Honduran migrants arrived in neighboring Guatemala on their march toward the United States. In 24 hours, the Mexican broadcast “TV Azteca” reported a total of more than 9,000 migrants who could not even stop the police chains.
A group of about 3,500 people clashed with security forces in the Guatemalan city of Vado Hondo, local authorities said. After an argument with police and soldiers, several migrants managed to continue their journey, the refugee office said.
The Guatemalan government has called on the Honduran authorities to curb mass emigration. In a communication on social media, President Alejandro Giammattei’s government called on the authorities of the neighboring country to “take precautionary measures” and help “ensure national and regional security”. Guillermo Diaz, Director-General of the Refugee Agency, called on migrants to return to their country. His authority provided trucks and buses for this.
Escape from poverty and gang violence
According to their own statements, migrants are fleeing poverty and unemployment, as well as uncontrollable gang violence in Honduras. They want to get to Mexico via Guatemala and then to the USA. As they moved north in small groups, some were assisted by staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The US government has already warned migrants in Guatemala not to “waste time and money.” US Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan last week stressed that Democrat Joe Biden’s new administration would not open its borders to Central American migrants.
Mexico is stepping up border surveillance
The Mexican government has also announced measures. She sent another 500 border guards to the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, which border Guatemala. In the last few years, thousands of people from Central American countries have run in large groups to Mexico to get to the United States. However, under pressure from the United States, Mexico has increased its military presence at its borders to prevent illegal entry of migrants into the United States.
According to his own statements, the new US President Biden is striving for a “fair and humane immigration system.” He also announced that he would focus on the causes of the flight in Central America.