Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Donald Trump warns Honduras to stop migrant caravan headed for U.S.

Jorge Cabrera  Reuters Jorge Cabrera ReutersMore
Jean Garcia | 16 October, 2018, 19:11

Hondurans, fleeing poverty and violence, are seen here in San Pedro Sula.

The latest caravan was launched a day after Vice President Pence urged the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to persuade their citizens not to enter the United States illegally.

More than 1,000 people, including families and women carrying babies, set off on Saturday from Honduras towards the United States in a mass migration march. Trump said on Twitter.

The caravan began as about 160 people who first gathered early Friday to depart from San Pedro Sula, one of Honduras' most risky places, figuring that traveling as a group would make them less vulnerable to robbery, assault and other dangers common on the migratory path through Central America and Mexico.

Guatemalan police officers watch as Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, arrive in Esquipulas city in Guatemala, October 15, 2018.

The development came just days after Pence met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala and Vice President Oscar Ortiz of El Salvador, asking them to step up and help combat illegal immigration in return for help from the U.S.

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"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", reports Reuters. Guatemalan police initially blocked migrants from reaching a customs booth, Reuters images showed.

Bartolo Fuentes, the organizer, told the news agency that the group plans to march through Guatemala and into Mexico.

China is strengthening ties with Central America. During the meeting Pence reiterated that the USA was prepared to help with economic development and investment.

"If you do more, I'm here to say on behalf of the president of the United States and the American people, we'll do more", he said.

Honduras is one of a dwindling number of countries that still has formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

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