Guatemalan leader says Mexico will 'do everything in its power' to contain new caravan
16 Jan 2020 — #Homefront
Guatemala’s new president on Wednesday faced an early test of his ability to manage migration as a caravan of hundreds of people left Honduras for the United States, and said Mexico would halt its progress.
Numbering in the hundreds, a gathered crowd consisting mostly of Hondurans began walking and hitching rides from San Pedro Sula on Wednesday in an effort to form a new migrant caravan similar to a larger group in late 2018 that made their way across Mexico.
“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States. The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries,” said human rights activist, Itsmania Platero, according to Fox News.
Local Guatemalan media reports that there are over 1,500 people in the caravan that set out from Honduras this morning. Mexico's Interior Secretary said they would under no circumstances be given transit permit, but could apply for asylum in Mexico. https://t.co/u9i71A8yRf— Maya Averbuch (@mayaaverbuch) January 16, 2020
Guatemala’s new president Alejandro Giammattei faced an early test of his ability to manage migration as a caravan of hundreds of people left #Honduras for the United States https://t.co/MsPxkJz54U pic.twitter.com/ZDamqcO9uZ— _59Alex (@_59Alex) January 16, 2020
I wish media consumers would INSIST that caravan coverage include investigations into the organizers. Last time around anonymous social media (mostly WhatsApp) groups put them together, then similar groups stoked anti-immigrant sentiment in Mexico. Hey @CNN @maddow @CBSNews https://t.co/QAnD1wz8nG— Paige R. Penland (@paigerpenland) January 16, 2020