A huge group of 3,000 illegal immigrants is headed through Guatemala toward the southern U.S. border on their way to crash through our border and enter the U.S. illegally.
The group has already crossed from Guatemala into Honduras and is aiming to break through into Mexico and then the U.S., according to wire service Reuters.
The crowd more than doubled in size from Saturday, when some 1,300 people set off from northern Honduras in what has been dubbed “March of the Migrant,” an organizer said. The migrants plan to seek refugee status in Mexico or pass through to the United States.
“We are seriously concerned about the caravan of migrants traveling north from Honduras, with false promises of entering the United States by those who seek to exploit their compatriots,” the U.S. Embassy in Honduras said in a statement on Sunday evening.
Vice President Mike Pence called on leaders in the countries in the path of the caravan to take action to disperse the group.
For its part, Guatemala said only that it does not condone “irregular migration” but save for a brief time when officials blocked an immigration checkpoint, ultimately did nothing to stop the group from moving through their country.
“We’re going to drop in on Donald Trump. He has to take us in,” said Honduran Andrea Fernandez, 24, said.
Mexican officials said that if the group reached its southern border they would have to follow immigration rules to enter to enter Mexico. However, the government did not specify what those rules would be and did not make any warnings otherwise.
In a vague statement, Mexico’s immigration department said, “The law does not provide for any permission to enter the country without meeting the requirements, and then go on to a third country.”
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