Fifteen thousand Hondurans prepare new caravan to the USA


Pro-migrant activists say that this large caravan would leave Honduras in mid-January and people from Guatemala and El Salvador could join.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.- Around 15 thousand Hondurans in a new caravan prepare to leave the country in mid-January and travel to the United States through Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Irma Garrido, a member of the Reactiva Tijuana Foundation pro-migrant group, said that “they say they are more people and stronger than the last caravan.”

Meanwhile, thousands of Central American migrants who left Honduras in October remain on the border of Mexico and the United States, in overcrowded shelters in Tijuana, as they await the slow process of asylum in the US country.

It should be noted that those who helped migrants in their journey through Mexico and organizing buses have almost disappeared. This has caused the Central Americans to feel abandoned and insecure about the process they must perform to request humanitarian asylum; others prefer to return to their country.

According to Garrido, this great caravan will probably be joined by people from El Salvador and Guatemala, but they do not plan to go to the Tijuana-San Diego border, where resources have been stretched almost to a breaking point.

“They will stay in southern Mexico, in Chiapas and Oaxaca, and they plan to apply for work there,” said the activist.

For his part, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has promised visas and work for Central American migrants. In his inauguration project, he promised work projects, such as the planting of 2 million trees and the construction of the Mayan Train, which will connect cities in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as Tabasco and Chiapas.

It is expected that with this project hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created in the southeast of Mexico.

Last week, Mexico and the United States agreed to develop a plan to stop Central American migration. This plan includes the investment of 25 billion dollars from Mexico in the southeastern states in the next five years.

The United States will contribute 4.8 trillion dollars to Mexico and 5.8 trillion dollars to the Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Most of the resource will be allocated to existing aid programs.