Soon after they began, a migrant caravan of 600 migrants heading towards the United States from Honduras was stopped by the Guatemalan border.
ABC News reported that 300 migrants trying to illegally immigrate to Guatemala arrived in the Izabal Province. Law enforcement was equipped with “anti-riot gear” to stop them.
The outlet said that 36 of the migrants had been deported to Honduras already, while 10 others were given the green light for their trek.
Now, the migrants are being asked to return to their homelands or to stay in the country with proper documentation.
According to Border Report, the majority of those in the group were from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Honduras.
Sometimes, migrants will travel in caravans through Central America to illegally immigrate to the United States. They do this in the hope of finding a safer and more affordable route than traveling alone or working with smugglers.
While many of these people might be heading to the U.S. for legitimate reasons, the Guatemalan government stopped the caravan from moving any further.
Because of their sheer size, these caravans pose significant safety and health risks.
First, Guatemala requires proof of vaccination and a negative test for COVID-19. Although the principle of mandatory vaccination may be flawed, there are still sufficient concerns about the spread of the disease to warrant a negative test before entry.
These caravans don’t have a clear process of vetting the individuals, so it is impossible to get a complete picture of everyone’s background. This opens the possibility of drug trafficking, violence, and other crimes. The U.S. will be able to benefit from Guatemala’s duty to protect its citizens.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was overwhelmed by illegal immigrants crossing the border. This has resulted in little action from the Biden administration.
According to government statistics, there were more than 1.7 million border encounters in 2021 fiscal. There have been 338,000 encounters in 2022, which includes October 2021 and November 2021. This does not include the soon-to-be-released December figures.
It is not surprising that more caravans will form as the winter months bring cooler, but more bearable temperatures to Mexico and the American Southwest. Other governments should take steps to deal with these caravans and discourage them from reaching the U.S. borders. This will help relieve the pressure on American forces.