- Some 1,300 people set off from Honduras towards the United States on Saturday
- Those making the trek included families and women carrying babies
- It came just days after the U.S. urged Honduras’ president to halt mass migration
- Group plan to walk from Honduras through Guatemala and into Mexico
More than 1,000 people, including families and women carrying babies, have set off from Honduras towards the United States in a mass migration march.
Recent attempts at group crossings from Central American to the U.S. have tested President Donald Trump‘s ‘zero tolerance’ stance on illegal immigration, as people fleeing violence and poverty defy threats of deportation.
Some 1,300 people joined the so-called ‘March of the Migrant’ on Saturday – just days after the U.S. urged Honduras’ president to halt mass migration.
Some 1,300 people joined the so-called ‘March of the Migrant’ on Saturday from Honduras to the United States
The group plan to walk from San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras through Guatemala and into Mexico.
Once in Mexico, they plan to request refugee status to remain in the country or a visa to pass through to the U.S. border, organizer Bartolo Fuentes said.
‘I believe we’ll get to the United States. There’s no work in Honduras, and you live in fear that they’re going to kill you or your children,’ said Fanny Barahona, 35, an unemployed teacher who walked with her nine-year-old son and carried a two-year-old daughter.
In April, media attention on a similar group of migrants, dubbed a ‘caravan,’ prompted Trump to press for tougher border security and demand such groups be refused entry.
Most in the caravan said they were fleeing death threats, extortion and violence from powerful street gangs.