With just a few days left before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, migrants are trying to enter the United States by any means possible. The move comes after Biden promised to reverse the policies on immigration put in place by President Trump.
Officials estimate that around 6,500 migrants from Honduras have begun the trek toward the southern border of Guatemala, with around 3,500 having forced their way through into Guatemala with one destination in mind—the United States, spokeswoman for Guatemala immigration Alejandra Mena told Reuters.
One Honduran policeman said he had seen “more or less 5,000 people” walk past his checkpoint, with hundreds of families and children included.
A “Festivales Solidarios” or Solidarity Festivals video shows thousands pushing past Guatemalan police and soldiers, with many soldiers wearing helmets and holding shields and sticks, lined in ranks across a highway in Chiquimula, near the Honduras border, reported Breitbart.
The tweet reads, “People escape from the hell that is lived in the misnamed “Northern Triangle of Central America”; poverty, misery, corruption, impunity and a total abandonment of governments to the population. That’s why people flee in this #ExodoEnCentroamerica”
La gente escapa del infierno que se vive en el mal llamado “Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica”; pobreza, miseria, corrupción, impunidad y un total abandono de los gobiernos a la población. Por eso la gente huye en este #ExodoEnCentroamerica#NingunaPersonaEsIlegal
📹 Cortesía. pic.twitter.com/6iPnk2BeOq
— Festivales Solidarios (@festivalesgt) January 17, 2021
Guatemalan soldiers attempted to stop the surge of people where the caravan had forced its way across the border, and bus them back to their own country.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei insisted to Honduran authorities that they “contain the mass exit of its inhabitants,” ABC News reported. “The government of Guatemala regrets this violation of national sovereignty and calls on the governments of Central America to take measures to avoid putting their inhabitants at risk amid the health emergency due to the pandemic.”
“There’s no choice” but to leave, 25-year-old Oscar Zaldivar, a driver from Cofradia, told ABC News. “You have to leave here, this country because we’re going to die here.”
The caravan is believed to have left at about 4 a.m. from San Pedro Sula.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has put new rules in place during the pandemic, and most migrants who arrive at the border are now immediately expelled.
Biden has promised to immediately halt construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, which President Trump just days ago said is one of his administration’s major accomplishments, on a visit to Texas.