Another Migrant Caravan Surges into Guatemala heading for Mexico

How could we not celebrate 2020 without more toxic waste flowing up towards our country? Diversity is our greatest strength.

More than 3,500 Central Americans had poured into Guatemala by Friday in U.S.-bound gatherings known as caravans, officials said, posing a headache for the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico amid fierce U.S. pressure to curb migration.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly urged the region to prevent such groups of migrants reaching Mexico’s border with the United States, and the latest exodus from Honduras that began on Wednesday has been accompanied by U.S. border agents.

The migrants, some travelling in groups as small as a dozen people while others formed caravans of more than 100, said they planned to unite at the Guatemalan border city of Tecun Uman before crossing together into Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government was monitoring the situation as the migrants approached, saying there were 4,000 jobs available on the southern border, as well as shelters and medical help.

“We are keeping an eye on everything,” Lopez Obrador said during a regular press conference.

Lopez Obrador did not say if Mexico would seek to keep the migrants in the southern part of the country. Most Central Americans who leave their countries escaping poverty and violence are eager to make their way towards the United States.

Under U.S. pressure, Mexican security forces have increasingly broken up large groups as they head north.

On Wednesday, Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei suggested Mexico would prevent any caravans from reaching the United States.

About a thousand migrants entered Guatemala on Thursday, with local officials busing some of the migrants back to the Honduran border to fill out official paperwork, said Alejandra Mena, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s migration institute.

“We haven’t returned people from Guatemala and we have a total of about 3,543 people who have so far crossed the border,” Mena said.

At least 600 Honduran migrants spent the night under tents in a shelter in Guatemala City on Thursday night, sleeping on mattresses.

“Now we have more experience, and we know how to treat them,” said Father Mauro Verzeletti, director of the Migrant House shelter in Guatemala City.

Guatemala’s former President Jimmy Morales agreed last July with the U.S. government to implement measures aimed at reducing the number of asylum claims made in the United States by migrants fleeing Honduras and El Salvador, averting Trump’s threat of economic sanctions.

New leader Giammattei said a top priority would be reviewing the text of migration agreements made with the United States.

Yeah…but at least black unemployment numbers are down. We will always have that. So much winning.

They can bounce back and forth between one shithole and another. They aren’t coming in here that’s for damn sure. Trump has this under control.

Don’t these men look like they want to become citizens and find good jobs??

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Maybe we should send Military or ICE representatives to tell them what is going to be the result if they walk all the way here.

They already know what is going to happen when they get here. 3 hots and a cot, medical care, and lawyers to help them claim credible fear so they can continue invading this country without consequence.

That is inaccurate Wintergreen. Based on current international asylum laws which this admin already won in the courts when it was challenged, that anyone seeking asylum must do so in the first country that they enter or wait for their case to be heard in the country they flee to. It’s because of this law that was recently upheld that the number of people being returned to Mexico has increased and why the number of people seeking asylum in the US has significantly decreased.

Cool. They already entered Guatamala from Honduras and that didn’t happen.

Right, but that is not US jurisdiction and the fact that it happened there is all the more reason why their case will be turned down if they chose to enter the US. The only scenario to which your original argument would happen is if a Mexican National enters US territory or any other national flies or enters in by other modes of transportation or travel directly from country of origin to apply for asylum.

Despite the legal argument of this, you are correct that there will be a period of time to which the cost of shelter, food, medical care and transportation will be expended and still cost the Tax payer as they are being processed to be returned to the country they first entered.

We must be fucking mad! Correction - We are fucking mad?

They haven’t made it to the US border much less into the US. They are still more than 1,500 miles away.

They aren’t even being allowed to enter the US. They have to stay in Mexico to await adjudication of Asylum claims.

They won’t be allowed into the US. They will either be told to wait in MX, or return to Honduras and Guatemala to apply for asylum.

This is why border crossings are down by over 75% since the peak of the rush of caravans over the early part of the summer.

The U.S. cannot add more than 1 million new immigrants year after year, as has been the long-standing practice, without damaging societal consequences.

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Honduras is a disease infested shithole.

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I’ve been to Belize many times. Not a wealthy country; but it seems fairly stable. People very nice. I may be wrong; but has anyone heard of anyone from Belize entering our country illegally? Just curious. Possibly a few; but not in droves.

What’s funny is the ACTUAL photos in the link you posted are of the migrants along the route, as opposed to your unrelated photo that you drug our from god knows where…:roll_eyes::roll_eyes::roll_eyes:

I doubt the people in the photo are Mennonites. Where do you think they’re from?

Who said anything about Mennonites, or religion for that matter? Take a look at the pictures in the Reuter’s link the op posted, and compare them with the photo he posted which has nothing to do with the story.