Caravan of Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Travels to US
A caravan of thousands of Hondurans has embarked on a journey to the United States via Guatemala and Mexico. The caravan was advertised on Facebook as a former lawmaker published a poster, after which news of this caravan containing thousands of incoming illegal immigrants spread quickly through social media.
These Hondurans left their home country on foot or by bus. Some individuals were stopped in Guatemala by Guatemalan authorities, whereas others were stopped by Mexican authorities on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala. However, many individuals continued their voyage on rafts through the Suchiate River, successfully entering Mexico. The caravan is expected to arrive at the United States-Mexican border in the upcoming weeks.
The exact number of migrants who are participating in this caravan is unknown. Some estimates have measured the total number of migrants to be approximately 5000 individuals, whereas other estimates provided by the Mexican Federal Police state 3000 individuals.
Many individuals have made the decision to migrate in search of job opportunities or to flee violence in Honduras.
One Honduran migrant, María Adela Vásquez is fleeing Honduras due to the fact that local groups began extorting her and her 17-year-old daughter for money. Vásquez explained, “They do not forgive. They do not care what kind of business it is. Money is what interests them.” Vásquez stated that the gangs threatened killing her daughter if she did not pay.
Another individual who is part of the caravan, José Luis, shared his excitement of successfully making it to Mexico, “We’re exhausted, it’s been a terribly difficult journey but we have hope: we’ve made it to Mexico, which means a lot to us.”
President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras announced that the Honduran government would send civil protection agents throughout Guatemala to aid migrants who want to return back to Honduras.
This caravan, which will soon reach the United States border, has drawn attention in the United States government.
United States President Donald Trump commented via Twitter, “Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.”
Another tweet from President Trump reads, “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the southern border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [Emergency]. Must change laws!”