New migrant caravan headed for the United States


GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of Hondurans, including many families with children, walked together across Guatemala on Saturday hoping to reach the United States, fleeing poverty and violence in a region battered by the pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes late last year.

Between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants have entered Guatemala since Friday, according to Guatemala’s immigration authority, and they are heading toward the Mexican border, where Mexican authorities have deployed troops and riot police.

Once the caravan reaches Mexico, it is likely to be subjected to pressure to break up. Mexico’s migration agreement with the United States is still in place, meaning the caravan would be dispersed, a Mexican official said.

The first migrant caravan of the year comes less than a week before U. S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office, promising a more humane approach to migration, in contrast to outgoing President Donald Trump’s hardline policies.

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