Here we go again!
Over the weekend, approximately 1,300 Hondurans were marching to Guatemala en route to Mexico so they could make their way up to the US border right in time for the November election.
On Monday, the migrant caravan, dubbed “March of the Migrant,” DOUBLED IN SIZE as it crossed through the Guatemalan border on its way to Mexico where they will head northbound to the United States.
According to Reuters, up to 3,000 migrants crossed from the Honduras into Guatemala after a standoff with police in riot gear Monday.
The crowd more than doubled in size from Saturday, when some 1,300 people set off from northern Honduras in what has been dubbed “March of the Migrant,” an organizer said. The migrants plan to seek refugee status in Mexico or pass through to the United States.
Reuters could not independently verify the number of participants, but images showed a group carrying backpacks and clogging roads near the border, some waving the Honduran flag.
Rows of Guatemalan police in black uniforms, some wearing helmets and shields, initially blocked migrants from reaching a customs booth, Reuters images showed. It was not clear how long the standoff lasted, but the group was ultimately able to cross, said march organizer Bartolo Fuentes, a former Honduran lawmaker.
A police official on site said all Central Americans could pass freely through the region as long as they complied with migration control.
“We’re going to drop in on Donald Trump. He has to take us in,” said Andrea Fernandez, 24, who left Honduras with a newborn baby, a 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son because she said she could not find work and feared for their safety.
Mexico’s migration institute said in a statement on Monday that march participants would need to follow immigration rules to enter the country, without specifying the criteria.
#HN Caravana de hondureños asegura va a Estados Unidos. San Pedro Sula, Honduras. El exdiputado de Libertad y Refundación (Libre), Bartolo Fuentes, coordina a un grupo de hondureños que recorre San Pedro Sula y aseguran se encaminan en caravana a… https://t.co/e2HIMzpfJX pic.twitter.com/dtkrPJGUzo
— Reportes de CAmérica (@ReportoCA) October 13, 2018