Hundreds of Hondurans head for United States border in mass migration 'march'

Marco Green
October 16, 2018

The migration began to swell after local media coverage of the initial group whose members had agreed to depart together Friday from a bus station in San Pedro Sula, one of the most unsafe cities in Honduras.

Bartolo Fuentes, the organizer, told the news agency that the group plans to march through Guatemala and into Mexico.

The group was organized using social media, according to Reuters, which quoted Bartolo Fuentes, the alleged organizer, who said those in the march will request refugee status once they reach Mexico or a pass to allow them to continue north to the us border.

The caravan formed just one day after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to persuade their citizens to stay home.

"Tell your people - don't put your families at risk by taking the risky journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally", said the Vice President during the meeting.

A young man carries a child in the Hondurans' caravan. In return, the USA expected Central American countries to tackle migration, corruption and gang violence.

Pence said that flows of illegal immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala are up 61 percent and 75 percent, respectively.

Hundreds of Hondurans have headed toward the American border fleeing poverty and violence, Reuters reported on Sunday, days after Washington pushed Latin American presidents for tighter borders.

According to the Reuters report, 64 percent of Honduran households live in poverty.

Solive has been unemployed for a year and wants to eventually end up in the United States.

The Trump administration proposed $460 million in assistance past year, 30 percent less than what Congress approved in 2016 under President Barack Obama.

Mass migrations have become a growing problem at the border.

This new massed movement of migrants fleeing Central America mirrors a similar caravan in April that was assembled by a USA -based group known as Pueblo Sin Fronteras or "People Without Borders".

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