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Honduran Caravan of Migrants Crosses Guatemalan Border with Uncertainty

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala – A caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants, who left their country on Oct. 13, crossed the Guatemalan border on Monday and plans to continue across the country towards the Mexican border in order to reach the United States.

Between 1,500-2,000 people, including several minors, passed through the Agua Caliente border crossing on Monday and are now heading to Esquipulas, where they plan to spend the night before continuing their journey on Tuesday.

Although there is no official statement regarding this incident, an EFE journalist confirmed that after several hours of uncertainty, with a hundred police officers, riot police and National Civil police blocking the caravan, the authorities let them pass when they began to walk.

About 15 kilometers from the border crossing, agents and riot police blocked the road, while a Guatemalan Army helicopter descended a few meters away. The migrants were held for hours there until they could continue their passage.

The Guatemalan government said on Sunday that they would be stopped if they did not comply with legal requirements, assuring that the aim was not to promote or support irregular migration in any of its forms.

It added that the Migration Code establishes the right to migrate as long as the national and international legislation of which Guatemala is a part is respected and complied with.

Therefore, the government warned “the entry of movements or persons who are part of those movements that alter the order and the national security with illicit purposes or which violates the protection of children and adolescents, will not be allowed.”

On Oct. 13, about a thousand Hondurans – among them men, women and children – left San Pedro Sula, a city in the north of the country, with the intention of reaching the US and Canada, citing security reasons and better living conditions.

The Mexican government announced on Oct. 13, after the migrants started their walk, that those who want to enter Mexican territory must do so complying with the current legislation and carrying out the corresponding procedures in the consulates.

At the moment, the migrant caravan continues the journey without an established route.

 

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