Saturday 8 May 2021

The US, Mexico and Guatemala agree to prevent the passage of migrant caravans

The three governments justified the measure in the face of the coronavirus epidemic

Q24N (Guatemala city) The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala agreed on Friday to prohibit the passage of migrant caravans through their territory due to the pandemic, days after one from Honduras was forcibly dissolved at the Guatemala border with Honduras.

Honduran migrants who decided to return to their country walking through the town of El Florido, Guatemala, on January 19, 2021. AFP

“Regarding any intention to form a caravan, our message is clear: our border remains closed for those who try to enter illegally,” declared the United States Ambassador to Guatemala, William Popp.

- Advertisement -

“Migrants who cross the border of the United States in an irregular manner will be returned immediately as a matter of national health security,” he ruled.

Popp issued the warning after meeting with the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Pedro Brolo, and the Mexican ambassador to Guatemala, Romeo Ruiz, to address the matter.

Last Monday, Guatemalan police and soldiers repressed a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants, including hundreds of children, who broke into the border since the Friday before without presenting documents or negative proof of COVID-19, demanded by the Guatamalan government.

The security forces acted under a decree from Guatamalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who ordered to halt their advance due to the risks of the pandemic, which has left 152,986 infections and 5,420 dead in Guatemala (as of January 22).

- Advertisement -

The action has been rejected by human rights organizations.

A member of the Mexican National Guard guarded the banks of the Suchiate River in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, on January 19, 2021. AFP

“We call on friendly countries to demonstrate with facts that any attempt to shape massive flows of people will not be tolerated and will be countered,” added Brolo.

On his side, the Mexican ambassador warned the migrants that the situation is “extremely more complicated” to mobilize due to the pandemic, which adds to the usual risks of the journey such as organized crime and human trafficking.

“Please don’t leave your homes, don’t put your families in danger, don’t put your children at risk,” Ruiz pleaded.

Popp added that his country will work for “alternatives and economic opportunities for more prosperity” in Central America, from where thousands of undocumented migrants leave for the United States each year.

- Advertisement -

Since October 2018, illegal migration to the United States from northern Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) took a turn with the departure of caravans of thousands of people, mainly from northern Honduras.

The members of this last caravan assured that they are fleeing poverty, violence and the crisis left by the passage of two hurricanes (Eta and Iota) in November and that they marched hopefully in a relaxation of migratory conditions with the arrival of Joe Biden to power in the United States .

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Mexico City reduces restrictions due to sustained decline in cases of covid-19

Q24N - Mexico City will reduce social distancing measures as of...

Mexico’s apology to indigenous Maya people: Progress or political show?

Q24N - Exactly 120 years after the battle that ended the...

MOST READ

Mexico’s apology to indigenous Maya people: Progress or political show?

Q24N - Exactly 120 years after the battle that ended the last great Maya revolt in Mexico's Yucatan area, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador marked...

Government does not plan to announce expansion of restrictive measures

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Carlos Alvarado confirmed on Friday that it does not plan to announce the expansion of the restrictive measures that...

Ousting of El Salvador’s Top Prosecutor Imperils Rule of Law

Insightcrime.org - The decision by legislators aligned with El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to oust the country’s top prosecutor may spell the end of...

Airport Police apprehend American carrying crocodile head

QCOSTARICA - Authorities from the Air Surveillance Service (SVA) - airport police - apprehended an American named Dale, who was in possession of an...

Costa Rica received the largest to date batch of covid-19 vaccines

QCOSTARICA - A new batch with 124,020 doses of the covid-19 vaccine landed on national soil this Tuesday night, as part of the weekly...

Down to to only 10 beds for ‘very critical’ covid patients

QCOSTARICA - This Monday noon, May 3, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CSS) reported there were only ten free beds to receive Covid-19...

Improvements begin at Quepos airport

QCOSTARICA - With the objective of boosting connectivity, regional tourism and the economic reactivation of the area, work started this Wednesday on the improvements...

Colombia’s Protests Against President Duque Explained

QCOLOMBIA – Nineteen people have died and hundreds more have been injured in protests in Colombia against President Iván Duque Márquez’s tax bill, aimed...

Today’s Covid-19 News: New infections continue over 2K daily, despite drop in R rate

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 infection rate in Costa Rica dropped, but not enough to reduce the rate of infection. While the indicator stands at 1.32,...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.