By Claudio Escalón | Related Press
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Some 600 migrants hoping to achieve the US set off in a caravan Saturday from the northern Honduran metropolis of San Pedro Sula.
Lots of of younger males, ladies and youngsters, most from Nicaragua, Honduras and Cuba, had gathered in a single day and early morning on the metropolis’s central bus station.
Shortly after daybreak, they set out strolling towards the Guatemalan border in hopes that travelling in a gaggle could be safer or cheaper than making an attempt to rent smugglers or making an attempt on their very own. A smaller second group quickly joined.
Fabricio Ordoñez, a younger Honduran laborer, mentioned he had joined the group in hopes of “giving a brand new life to my household.”
“The dream is to be in the US to have the ability to do many issues in Honduras,” he mentioned, including he was pessimistic that left-leaning President-elect Xiomara Castro, who takes workplace on Jan. 27, would be capable to rapidly remedy the Central American nation’s financial and social issues after 12 years of conservative administrations tormented by scandal.
“They’ve looted the whole lot,” he mentioned. “It’ll be very exhausting for this authorities to enhance issues.”
Nicaraguan marcher Ubaldo López expressed hope that native officers wouldn’t attempt to hinder this group, as they’ve many up to now.
“We all know this can be a very exhausting highway and we ask God and the Honduran authorities to please accompany use to the border with Guatemala and never put extra roadblocks,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he hoped that Guatemala and Mexico additionally would enable the group to go and that the U.S. authorities “will open the doorways to us” — regardless of repeated current examples of regional governments, typically underneath U.S. stress, making an attempt to halt such caravans.
Giant numers of migrants, many from Central America and Haiti, have reached the U.S. border over the previous yr, making a headache for the administration of President Joe Biden.
The U.S. Border Patrol has mentioned it had greater than 1.6 million encounters with migrants alongside the Mexican border between September 2020 and the identical month in 2021 — greater than 4 instances the entire of the earlier fiscal yr.
Biden has backed proposals for $7 billion in help to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in hopes improved financial situations will gradual migration.