'March of the Migrants' draws over 1000 Hondurans to United States border

Mae Love
October 16, 2018

This new challenge to President Donald Trump's toughening of USA immigration policies comes just days after Vice President Mike Pence told the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America that illegal immigration from Honduras is up 61 percent and from Guatemala by 75 percent.

"If you want to come to the United States, come legally or don't come at all". Trump said on Twitter. Pence met with the Central American leaders to discuss the vast flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States. "Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws".

US law allows migrants fleeing violence to claim asylum at the border.

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The group of Honduran migrants - estimated at about 2,000 people - arrived at the Guatemalan border on Monday on their trek to the United States and was initially turned back by about 100 police officers, the Associated Press reported.

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Images showed a group carrying backpacks and clogging roads near the border, some waving the Honduran flag.

The impoverished nations of Central America, from which thousands of migrants have fled in recent years, are under mounting pressure from Trump's administration to do more to curb mass migration.

Guatemala said in a statement on Sunday that it did not promote or endorse 'irregular migration'. The group was ultimately able to cross, said march organizer Bartolo Fuentes, a former Honduran lawmaker.

From left; Vice President Oscar Ortiz of El Salvador, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Mexico Secretary of Government Alfonso Navarrete and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales pose for a photos before the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America at State Department on Thursday. In August, El Salvador broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of China, citing economic reasons and following on the heels of Panama in 2017.

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