Caravan Breaks into Guatemala

Portions of the Honduran caravan we reported on on January 11 have forced their way across the border into Guatemala and are continuing on their journey toward the United States. There they hope to find the welcome mat out from the new government in place under Democrat Joe Biden, who has promised to undo most of the immigration policies instituted by out-going President Donald Trump.

Honduran migrants break through Guatemalan police blockade, January 16 (Twitter)

The break-through of around 1000 migrants occurred on Saturday, January 16, in the village of Vado Hondo, near Chiquimula in eastern Guatemala. Some additional thousands of the growing caravan were reportedly turned back by Guatemalan forces, at least for now.

The migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement on Sunday on behalf of the caravan, calling upon the incoming Biden administration to “honor its commitments.”

We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility. We will advocate that the Biden government honor its commitments.

In response, an official with the Biden transition team promised that “help [is] on the way,” but warning the migrants that “now is not the time to make the journey.”

Biden’s advisors have grown increasingly wary in recent days that their standard-bearer’s campaign promises of sudden and drastic changes to American immigration policy might inspire a surge of illegal migrants on our southern border with which the new government is incapable of dealing.

Their hope now is, if Guatemalan officials fail to stop the migrants, that Mexico has better luck. A Mexican government official urged Guatemala to continue its efforts to halt the flood and promised, should that fail, his own government would act to prevent unauthorized entry into Mexico. The Mexican statement stressed the need to contain the spread of the Wuhan virus.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Saturday that the caravan was expected to grow again to more than 5,000 migrants and that irresponsible rhetoric from the Biden camp was to blame.

It’s coming, [Morgan said]. It’s already started, just as we promised and anticipated it would with this rhetoric from the new administration on the border.

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