Guatemalan security forces break up Honduran caravan headed to US
Guatemalan security forces broke up a caravan of migrants from Hondurans headed to the U.S., according to multiple reports.
The caravan pushed its way into Guatemala last week, The Associated Press reported. But Tuesday, buses carrying migrants and police patrol vehicles arrived throughout the morning at the Guatemala-Honduras border to take them back home.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said last week that 2,000 police and soldiers would be sent to the country’s border. A series of roadblocks set up had deploying tear gas and batons to dissolve the caravan.
Immigration authorities in Guatemala reported that more than 2,300 migrants had been returned to Honduras as of Monday, the AP reported.
Mexican authorities praised Guatemala for its response to the migrants, NPR noted, and called on Honduras to do more to stop the “irregular” flow of citizens.
The caravan was the first one in the last year that challenged the region’s governments since last January, according to The New York Times.
The Trump administration has pressured Central American governments to stop such mobilizations before they reach the United States, the Times noted.
In 2019, Trump pressured Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to crack down on migration toward the U.S. by freezing aid and threatening tariffs, the Times noted. The administration also signed deals with some Central American countries allowing the U.S. to send asylum-seekers there to apply for sanctuary.
However, some migrants are still headed to the U.S. hoping that President-elect Joe Biden will loosen the country’s immigration policies. Biden reportedly plans to unveil massive immigration reform on his first day in office, an about-face from Trump’s policies.
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