Hondurans form a new US-bound caravan

2019-01-15 21:09
Honduran migrants, part of the second caravan to the United States. (Orlando Sierra, AFP)

Honduran migrants, part of the second caravan to the United States. (Orlando Sierra, AFP)

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Hundreds of Hondurans have left on what they call a trek for the United States, forming another caravan of the kind that so irked US President Donald Trump and fuelled his anti-immigrant message.

As the procession left the town of San Pedro Sula under a steady rain on Monday night, one of the migrants summed up their plight. "We are leaving because there is crime and no work," said Juan Garcia, 52.

More than 500 people set out from the center of San Pedro Sula, which is 180km north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

It was from the same transport hub that some 2 000 Hondurans left on October 13 in the first of a series of US-bound caravans. That and other processions from El Salvador and Guatemala came to total some 13 000 people.

More than half turned around and went home, eventually. Hundreds – down from much larger numbers late last year – remain at the Mexican border with the United States, facing off against a tougher border policy under Trump and support among his base for his proposed border wall.

Trump made the migrant caravans one of his main targets for criticism as part of his broader anti-immigration drive in mid-term elections last November.

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