Guatemala turns around U.S.-bound migrant caravan from Honduras

to “clarify” hysterectomies on migrant womenThe migrants have become a hot-button issue for political conservatives in the United States, including President Donald Trump’s base. LUIS ECHEVERRIA/REUTERS

According to the Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM), the caravan entered eastern Guatemala on Thursday, pushing over a military cordon on the Corinto border before splitting into groups to reach Mexico, which has closed its borders. JOSE TORRES/REUTERS

By Friday and Saturday, hundreds of Guatemalan police and military personnel set up roadblocks forcing migrants — including young children and people in wheelchairs — to turn back. border


Fifteen people from the caravan requested refuge in Guatemala, according to the IGM. get inside a truck escorted by the Guatemalan soldiers to send them back to Honduras, in Morales, Guatemala October 3, 2020. from moving towards the Guatemala and Mexico border, as they sit outside the migrant shelter, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, October 3, 2020. Trump, who is seeking a second term in the November 3 election, has threatened Mexico with steep tariffs if it does not do more to stop a surge of undocumented migrants. “We respect the right to migration as long as it is regulated and the requirements and protocols that have been established are complied with, and not as happened with this group of migrants who broke into our country with violence,” Giammattei said. Guatemalan soldiers form a line to prevent a group of Honduran migrants who are trying to reach the U.S. In a televised message, Giammattei said Guatemalan security forces were able to “contain” the caravan, that according to the president was a factor in the transmission of the virus. Immigration

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Guatemala turns around U.S.-bound migrant caravan from Honduras

U.S. “We are experiencing a pandemic in Guatemala which has cost us to control with months of efforts,” said the president, adding it was an “obligation” to reduce the risk of further contagion. Mr. The country began reopening in July after four months of restrictions to curb the pandemic. COVID-19 has infected 93,963 people and killed 3,293 since March in Guatemala, a country of about 17 million inhabitants. Guatemala turns around U.S.-bound migrant caravan from Honduras

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Guatemala City — Guatemala has sent back almost 3,500 Honduran migrants from a caravan that was heading to the United States over concerns they might spread COVID-19, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Sunday.