For those that have been wondering if all is well at the southern border, there is a new round of Honduran migrants ambitious to reach the U.S./Mexico border to gain entry into the United States. After Mexico refused to let hundreds of migrants enter Mexico by crossing a bridge over the Suchiate river, they took the water to cross the river and gain entrance into Mexico. After pressure from President Trump many common migration routes in southern Mexico have been cut off.

Dressed in riot gear, Mexico National Guard troops attempted to keep the migrants from climbing the river bank that leads into Mexico, but hundreds of migrants were able to break through police lines and gain entry into the country. Tension turned into violence as police fired tear gas and migrants threw rocks in return. Prior to their efforts to cross into Mexico the migrants were holed up in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, which is located across from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo.

In total there are between 2,000 and 3,500 migrants belonging to a new caravan called the “2020 Caravan’. According to officials in Guatemala, “several thousand migrants have crossed into its territory from Honduras” since last Wednesday. Fleeing from violence, poverty, and high murder rates are the reasons given y migrants for leaving Honduras. The government of Mexico says the migrants can apply for asylum and work in Mexico, but will not be allowed to cross into the United States. According to one migrant “They’re trying to trick us. They tell us to register, but then they deport us”.

According to the Mexican interior ministry, 1,100 migrants have been taken in by the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. The ministry also says migrants would be deported “if their situations warrant it”. Under an agreement with Mexico and Guatemala, Guatemala is a “safe third country” in which migrants are to seek asylum. Under the agreement, migrants passing through Guatemala from El Salvador and Honduras can be sent back to Guatemala by the U.S. to apply for asylum. Only time will tell if the nations south of our border will abide by the agreements while dealing with migration pressure.

James Cheef