New migrant caravan moves north from Honduras

New migrant caravan moves north from Honduras
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A new migrant caravan of more than 1,600 people is moving north from Honduras, heading toward Guatemala with the ultimate goal of reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Associated Press

The group started out at around 160 people leaving from San Pedro Sula, a dangerous city in Honduras, on Friday, according to the AP. It has continued to expand as news of the caravan has spread.


An organizer with the group, Dunia Montoya, told The Associated Press that many of the migrants might be blocked at the Guatemalan border because they do not have official identification documents.

The caravan formed a day after Vice President Pence urged the leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to warn their citizens against trying to cross the southern border.

"Tell your people: Don't put your families at risk by taking the dangerous journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally," Pence said, according to the AP.

One of the caravan's organizers, Bartolo Fuentes, told Reuters that participants are largely seeking to escape rampant poverty and violence in Honduras.

"There's a misery and a violence that is overwhelming people," Montoya told the AP. "People no longer have faith in this country and they are fleeing."

Migrants have organized similar caravans before. President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE pointed to a caravan of more than 1,000 migrants from Central America in April as evidence that Mexico and the U.S. need stronger immigration policies. 

Only some of the caravan migrants who reached the U.S. in May were allowed into the country for asylum.