About 8,000 individuals started leaving Honduras early Friday, fleeing violence, poverty and up to date pure disasters.
Hundreds of Hondurans are making their means on foot throughout Guatemala in hopes of reaching the USA, authorities mentioned on Saturday, as they flee violence and financial hardship worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and up to date lethal storms.
Guatemala’s immigration authority mentioned on Saturday that between 7,000 and eight,000 migrants and asylum seekers had entered the nation since Friday and had been heading in direction of Mexico.
“We’ve got nothing to feed to our kids, and hundreds of us had been left sleeping on the streets,” Maria Jesus Paz, a mom of 4 youngsters who mentioned she misplaced her dwelling in back-to-back hurricanes that hit Central America in November, advised the Reuters information company.
“Because of this we make this resolution, regardless that we all know that the journey may value us our lives,” she added.
The primary migrant caravan of the yr is aiming to succeed in the US, the place many hope President-elect Joe Biden shall be extra welcoming to asylum seekers than President Donald Trump, who oversaw an immigration crackdown.
Biden, who takes workplace on Wednesday, has promised “a good and humane immigration system”.
However Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras have an settlement with the US to cease north-bound migratory flows, and Mexican and Central American authorities have coordinated safety and public well being measures geared toward deterring mass unauthorised migration throughout the area.
The appearing commissioner of US Customs and Border Safety (CBP), Mark Morgan, warned individuals on January 8 in opposition to becoming a member of the caravan. “Don’t waste your money and time, and don’t threat your security and well being,” Morgan mentioned in a press release.
“Migrant caravan teams is not going to be allowed to make their means north in violation of the sovereignty, standing public well being orders, and immigration legal guidelines of the respective nations all through the area,” he mentioned.
Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico have deployed hundreds of troopers and riot police geared toward blocking the migrants’ passage.
On Friday, the Guatemalan navy detained a whole lot of individuals, together with many households with younger youngsters.
Nonetheless, the caravan has grown significantly because it departed early Friday.
Eduaro Lanza, 28, advised the AFP information company that he dreamed of dwelling in a rustic the place individuals of various sexual orientations can stay with dignity, “respect … and a job alternative”.
One other member of the caravan, 51-year-old Norma Pineda, advised the information company that she has been dwelling on the road because the hurricanes.
“We’re leaving as a result of there isn’t a work, no state help. We’d like meals, garments,” she mentioned.
In a press release on Friday, the Worldwide Committee for the Pink Cross mentioned, “The mixture of COVID-19, social exclusion, violence and climate-related disasters that happen on the identical time with a magnitude seldom seen earlier than in Central America raises new humanitarian challenges.”