Latest Migrant Caravan: Hundreds of Hondurans Head to US Border

Marco Green
January 16, 2020

Mexico says it will not grant transit visas or free passage for hundreds of migrants who have left Honduras in an attempt to reach the U.S. border.

Giammattei, a conservative, who inherited a contentious deal his predecessor struck, is under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to stop the number of undocumented migrants from Guatemala to the United States by improving meaningful economic opportunities in the country and regional security.

"The Mexican government has told us that they won't let it happen", Giammattei told reporters, "that they will do everything in their power to prevent it from happening".

Hondurans walk along a road as they take part in a new caravan of migrants, set to head to the United States, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on January 15, 2020.

CITY-The United States will pump $1 billion into Guatemala's private sector to spur investment and create jobs, the head of a USA government agency said on Wednesday. We are not a third safe country, the safe third country is in fact Guatemala and so if they're moving into Guatemala from Honduras they'd have to hit Guatemala before they hit us. "We can't give our children a better future, a better education, so we have no choice but to emigrate".

The announcement came when the new president of the Central American country, Alejandro Giammattei, met with USA officials this week to discuss how to attract investment to stimulate economic growth and curb factors that are pushing migrants to the United States.

Thousands of Hondurans are attempting to form another migrant caravan.

Most countries don't allow minors to travel without the consent of their parents or guardians, and some participants in past caravans have traveled with children who are not theirs.

Some migrants said they were aware that getting to the United States would be tough, but said they would try anyway.

"We aren't living here, we're just surviving", said Elmer García, 26, a migrant from the town of Comayagua.

Gerson Noe Monterroso, 34, said he's been unemployed for five years and sees the journey to the U.S.as an opportunity. He left his hometown of Choloma, just north of San Pedro Sula, in hopes of finding a job and sending money back to his family.

To avoid problems with Guatemalan authorities, many Hondurans who left last Wednesday said the reason for their trip was to venerate the Black Christ of Esquipulas, in Guatemala.

"But in no way do we have transit visas or safe passage", she said. He was turned back the other two times. Numerous migrants from the 2018 caravan applied for asylum, something that is now hard or impossible. They are instead to be sent to Central America with an opportunity to ask for protection there.

Following the signing, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis E. Arreaga said, "Today's memorandum of understanding is evidence of the United States' commitment to partner with Guatemala to grow the economy, improve citizen security, and ensure transparent, accountable governance that supports human rights". "The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries". He set out Wednesday with his wife Darlen Suazo and their three children, aged 3 to 5.

That was similar to rhetoric heard from migrants in the first caravans, but things have changed since then. (Reuters) A military police officer detains a man, traveling with other Hondurans in a new caravan of migrants toward the United States, due an arrest warrant, at a checkpoint in San Marcos, Honduras, on January 15, 2020.

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