POPTUN, Guatemala — Countless U.S.-bound Honduran migrants who’d entered Guatemala this week without enrolling were bused back to their own nation’s border Saturday by police who fulfilled them with a massive roadblock.
By 5 Saturday, none of 1,000 or so migrants who’d been stalled by soldiers and police stayed together a stretch of rural road stayed. Police stated that hours before, migrants had stopped buses and military trucks to be taken back into the boundary.
Small groups of over 10 migrants each can nevertheless be found walking across the street before the roadblock Saturday morning.
“We are going to last,” he explained. “We had been resting along with the larger group lasted. We did not understand what happened to them”
They heard about the caravan that was made before this week at San Pedro Sula through WhatsApp and Facebook.
Late Friday, tens of thousands of migrants headed to the United States are becoming desperate after running to the roadblock.
Guatemala’s president watched them as a contagion danger amid the coronavirus pandemic and pledged to deport them. Mexico’s president theorized that the caravan was a scheme to affect the U.S. elections. And recently formed Tropical Storm Gamma threatened to ditch torrential rain in their intended path through southern Mexico.
The senior U.S. diplomat for the Americas on Saturday commended Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei” for its ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of #Covid19 and prevent irregular migration”
On Friday, over 100 Guatemalan soldiers and police obstructed the migrants, who became increasingly dissatisfied with the dearth of food and forwards motion after walking from Honduras before this week.
Migrants’ voices rang out to the rural street, demanding police either allow them to provide food.
Guatemala immigration government said a number of the first group of roughly 2,000 migrants had consented to come back to Honduras, although Guatemala’s vice president of foreign relations, Eduardo Hernández, issued a movie Saturday whining that Honduras was not sentenced to get at least a number of these.
Others had divided between two paths: Many went north to Peten, in which the roadblock had been, along with many others walked, hitched rides shot buses west toward the capital, Guatemala City.
Some had hitched rides aboard trucks. Wilmer Chávez, 35, got aboard the mattress of a single truck at his wheelchair with the assistance of fellow Honduran migrants.
“I believe it’s to do with all the election at the USA,” López Obrador said. “I don’t have all of the components, however, there are signs that it shaped with this objective. I don’t know to whose advantage, but we are not naive.”
But on Friday,” Mexico’s point person on the coronavirus pandemic, Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, seemed more conciliatory, saying the migrants did not represent a health hazard and Mexico was”morally, legally and politically obliged to assist them.”
On Thursday, Guatemalan President Giammattei pledged to reunite the migrants into Honduras, citing efforts to contain the pandemic.
Migrant caravans in Central America gained fame lately since they provided a degree of security in numbers and enabled those who could not manage to pay a smuggler to try the trip to America.
Initially, they received ample support in the communities that they passed, particularly in southern Mexico. This past year, however, U.S. President Donald Trump jeopardized crippling tariffs on Mexican imports when it did not impede the flow of migrants into the U.S. border. Mexico reacted by deploying the National Guard and many more immigration representatives to intercept large groups of migrants.
The last tried caravan was divided by Mexican guardsmen in January.
This week, Mexico was warning it will enforce its immigration laws as well as prosecute individuals who intentionally put public health in danger.
The U.S. has shut its border to lawful immigration and entering is as hard as ever.