SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Some 500 Honduran migrants in a caravan departed Saturday earlier than daybreak from the northern metropolis of San Pedro Sula in hopes of reaching the USA.
It was the primary such group since January 2022 and was comprised of males, ladies and kids principally from inland and southern Honduras, the place many farm staff misplaced their jobs as a result of closure of some plantations.
“We’re decided to maintain going as a result of right here we’re worse off. We’ve no jobs. We’re hungry,” mentioned Edgar Iván Hernández, a 26-year-old farm employee who was touring with three kin.
His cousin, Arnold Ulises Hernández, mentioned they had been inspired to affix the caravan after discovering out about it on social networks. “One of the best ways is to depart in a gaggle as a result of that manner we aren’t stopped a lot by the police or immigration,” he mentioned.
The San Pedro Sula bus terminal is the place migrants go away every day in buses headed north towards the U.S., however it was additionally the origin of the large caravans of late 2018 and 2019.
In these years, many made it so far as the southern U.S. border. However after the pandemic the scenario modified radically on account of strain from the U.S., which requested Mexico and Central American governments to extend their efforts to cease migrants headed north.
Since then, the caravans had been stopped first in southern Mexico and later in Guatemalan territory.
Days earlier than Honduran President Xiomara Castro took workplace in January 2022, an identical group of some 600 migrants departed from San Pedro Sula and was disbanded by Guatemalan safety forces.
In 2023, there have been report numbers of migrants all around the hemisphere. Arrests for unlawful crossings into the U.S. from Mexico intensified by the tip of yr when U.S. authorities registered as much as 10,000 unlawful crossings over a number of days in December. The quantity dropped to 2,500 within the first days of January.
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