The caravan, made up of at least 9,000 Hondurans divided into several contingents, according to the Guatemalan authorities, progressed about 50 kilometers inside this country.
They had entered the country between Friday evening and Saturday morning, at the El Florido border post, 220 kilometers east of the capital Guatemala.
The Guatemalan authorities had announced the obligation for all migrants to present documents in order and a negative serological test detecting COVID-19. Even though many did not meet these conditions, they managed to enter without violence.
The lead group, of around 3,500 people, clashed with dozens of police and soldiers deployed at a checkpoint in the town of Vado Hondo, in Chiquimula department.
Some forced the passage of the police cordon, before being intercepted, according to the local Migration Service, which again asked them for documents and COVID test.
The Director General of Migration, Guillermo Diaz, asked them to return to their country and made available trucks and buses to take them to the border.
He assured on TN23 television that the police device would henceforth be
reinforced. A new passage in force as at the border is not
will not reproduce, he said,
they will not be able to pass.
Although the police were empowered to use force to contain the flow of migrants, the decision to open the border was made after seeing that there were many families with children, a police chief said.
The human caravan had left Friday at dawn from the city of San Pedro Sula, industrial heart and economic engine of Honduras, located 180 km north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.
Some groups violated the regulations in force and managed to cross our territory, thus violating the legal provisions., reacted Saturday the government of Guatemala.
He also called on Honduras to
contain the massive departure of its inhabitants through preventive actions on a permanent basis, a request already made in October when a caravan of about 4,000 migrants was dissolved in Guatemala.
The migrants continued their journey on Saturday inside Guatemalan territory. Some were already in Jocotan, in the department of Chiquimula, 55 kilometers from the border with Honduras.
After Guatemala, Mexico
After the 450 kilometers to travel inside Guatemala, they should attempt to enter Mexico through the Tecun Uman border post in the southwest, according to details provided by migration authorities.
I decided to go to the United States, because in my country there is nothing, no work, told Carlos Flores, a 20-year-old Honduran.
The economic situation of many inhabitants of the small Central American country, subjected to the violence of gangs and drug traffickers, has deteriorated further with the passage of two powerful hurricanes in November and the consequences of the pandemic.
We have no jobs and no food so I decided to go to the United States, explained Dania Hinestrosa, 23, on the way with her daughter. The young woman, who worked as a domestic worker, left behind another three-year-old child and four-year-old twins.
We leave with a broken heart. I leave my family, my husband and my three children, laments Jessenia Ramirez, 36, hoping that President Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, leaves her
a chance in the USA.
Migrants march in columns along the roads, with backpacks and most with their faces masked to protect themselves from COVID-19. Some climb onto trucks to move faster.
Many want to believe Joe Biden will ease US migration policy, even though Washington has already warned them.
Do not waste your time and money and do not risk your safety or healthUS Customs and Border Protection official Mark A. Morgan said Thursday.
Outgoing President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency on the border with Mexico, a measure first taken in February 2019.
New measures must be taken in order to face the humanitarian situation and to be able to control immigration, as well as the flow of drugs and delinquents, said the White House.
The Mexican government warned him that he
would not allow illegal entry [sur son territoire] migrant caravans. Some 500 police officers have been dispatched to the border with Guatemala.
More than a dozen migrant caravans have left Honduras since October 2018, but all have clashed with thousands of U.S. border guards and military personnel positioned on the southern border with Mexico.