More than 2,000 Hondurans have pledged to head north to the United States, despite President Donald Trump’s warning to the Mexican authorities not to allow migrants to cross its border from Guatemala.
The group announced Saturday that it would seek to travel to Tapachula in the morning after crossing the river to Mexico, while others waited on a bridge in the hope of being able to register as applicants asylum.
“We do not know yet if we will reach the (American) border, but we will continue to go as far as possible” Rodrigo Abeja told AFP.
By learning that thousands of migrants were heading to the United States in the last few days, Donald Trump threatened to cut aid from his country to Honduras, but also to Guatemala and El Salvador, if the authorities did not put an end to this exodus. .
According to Gerardo Hernandez, the local government’s emergency services officer, 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 have camped overnight in the central square. the city.
About 4,000 arrived in small groups, on foot or by bus, over the past few days in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. On Friday, they broke through a metal fence at the Guatemalan border crossing before being stranded by Mexican police.
Honduras is considered one of the most violent countries in the world, with an annual rate of 43 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
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