Posted at 9:21 am on January 16, 2019
AZBD Comment: Do you see any women and children in this march?
Last week we discussed the news that another large group of people in Honduras clearly hadn’t received the memo and were forming up yet another caravan to head to the United States. Despite efforts by both Mexico and the United States to find some other alternative for them, a group of more than 500 Hondurans packed up their things and set out in short order. As of last night, they had already crossed the border into Guatemala, presenting themselves in a reportedly orderly fashion. (Associated Press)
The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers.
About 500 people, including dozens of children, lined up to show their documents to a first line of unarmed security personnel at the Agua Caliente border crossing Tuesday night. Riot police formed a second line to contain any possible disturbance.
Edilberto Hernandez, a former police officer, stood with his wife and four children to cross into Guatemala. After losing his job, he could find only low-paid construction work, and he decided to travel with his whole family to the United States.
Most of the mainstream media reporting of this story focuses on interviews with migrants who tell tales of poverty and gang violence in their home country. That’s certainly true for many people in Honduras, but it doesn’t paint the full picture. Reading deeper into the article, local reporters spoke to a number of caravan members who said they had been deported after the previous caravan but were “ready to try again.”