Hundreds of migrant caravans were present at the Guatemala-Mexico border on Sunday to cross on Monday; the move is set to test how the Mexican government tries to stick to its word against U.S. demands that orders prevent mass migration.
The U.S. administration posed enormous economic pressure on Mexico and Central American countries, warning if they pass migrants in large numbers to cross the U.S. Border. Agents observing the U.S. border pursued a number of migrant caravans from Honduras over the past week.
A small group of migrants was striving to pass through border gates, but Mexican National Guardsmen pushed them back away from the gate on Saturday. The migrants later crossed the bridge from Tecun Uman to Ciudad Hidalgo, sources said. After that more caravans were seen there who were waiting for some more travelers hoping to get a better opportunity to enter.
Our attempts are being more organized, said a 33-year-old Central American migrant from Comayagua, who kept his wife and children behind against an offer to reach the United States.
He said that migrants are stationed in Tecun Uman and will wait until 5 a.m. on Monday to mass enter Mexico with the hope that authorities will not hinder them to avoid fights. If we cross alone, authorities will catch us and all our sacrifices will prove useless, he added.
According to Guatemala’s government record, more than 4,000 migrants have been entered from Honduras over the last week; it is the biggest influx after the Trump administration signed agreements with Central American countries and Mexico for obstructing the flow migrant caravans.
Mexican authorities said they have strictly controlled the migrants’ upsurge so far when an upholstered caravan was trying to pass through the crossing line. Many of them succeed in reaching Mexico via the Suchiate River that divides the two countries.