Guatemalan security forces clash with thousands of migrants heading for US border

Guatemalan security forces clash with thousands of migrants heading for US border

A
caravan
of
thousands
of

migrants
clashed
on
Sunday
with

Guatemalan
authorities
while
continuing
to
trek
toward the
U.S.
border,
according
to
reports.

Security
forces
used
sticks
to
beat
back
the
caravan
of
migrants,
which
set
out
from
Honduras
ahead
of
President-elect

Joe
Biden’s
inauguration.

Honduran migrants clash with Guatemalan soldiers in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Guatemalan authorities estimated that as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants crossed into Guatemala as part of an effort to form a new caravan to reach the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)

Honduran
migrants
clash
with
Guatemalan
soldiers
in
Vado
Hondo,
Guatemala,
Sunday,
Jan.
17,
2021.
Guatemalan
authorities
estimated
that
as
many
as
9,000
Honduran
migrants
crossed
into
Guatemala
as
part
of
an
effort
to
form
a
new
caravan
to
reach
the
U.S.
border.
(AP
Photo/Sandra
Sebastian)

Estimates
range
from
6,000
to
8,000
migrants
who
have
entered
Guatemala
over
the
weekend.
In
contrast,
only
around
3,000
Guatemalan
officers
mustered
to
hold
up
the
caravan
in
the
Sunday
morning
clash,

according
to
Reuters.

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CARAVAN
DEMANDS
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Several
people
were
injured
as
the
caravan
attempted
to
push
through
the
human
barricade
of
security
forces.
Authorities
also
deployed
tear
gas
in
an
attempt
to
drive
back
the
train
of
people.

A Honduran migrant is tended to by Guatemalan soldiers after they clashed with them in a bid to reach the U.S. border in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Guatemalan authorities estimated that as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants crossed into Guatemala as part of an effort to form a new caravan to reach the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)

A
Honduran
migrant
is
tended
to
by
Guatemalan
soldiers
after
they
clashed
with
them
in
a
bid
to
reach
the
U.S.
border
in
Vado
Hondo,
Guatemala,
Sunday,
Jan.
17,
2021.
Guatemalan
authorities
estimated
that
as
many
as
9,000
Honduran
migrants
crossed
into
Guatemala
as
part
of
an
effort
to
form
a
new
caravan
to
reach
the
U.S.
border.
(AP
Photo/Sandra
Sebastian)

Some
retreated,
going
so
far
as
to
flee
to
the
nearby
mountains,

the
BBC
reported.

“Guatemala’s
message
is
loud
and
clear:
These
types
of
illegal
mass
movements
will
not
be
accepted,
that’s
why
we
are
working
together
with
the
neighboring
nations
to
address
this
as
a
regional
issue,”
the
Guatemalan
president’s
office
said
of
the
crisis.

Many
believe
that
the
group
has
been
spurred
on
by
Biden’s
rhetoric,
by
which
he
has
promised
to
end
President
Donald
Trump’s
more
strict
immigration
policies.

BIDEN
TRANSITION
OFFICIAL
TELLS
MIGRANT
CARAVANS:
‘NOW
IS
NOT
THE
TIME’
TO
COME
TO
US

But
on
Sunday,
an
unnamed
Biden
transition
official
said
migrants
hoping
to
claim asylum
in
the
U.S.
during
the
first
few
weeks
of
the
new
administration
“need
to
understand
they’re
not
going
to
be
able
to
come
into
the
United
States
immediately,” NBC
News
reports. 

The
Biden
transition
official,
however,
warned
migrants
against
coming
to
the
U.S.
during
the
early
days
of
the
new
administration,
telling
NBC
that
while
“there’s
help
on
the
way,”
now
“is
not
the
time
to
make
the
journey.” 

“The
situation
at
the
border
isn’t
going
to
be
transformed
overnight,”
the
official
told
the
outlet.

Mexico
has
indicated
that
the
caravan
will
meet
increased
resistance.

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President
Andres
Manuel
Lopez
Obrador
had
promised
Trump
that
he
would
halt
undocumented
immigrants,
increasing
the
attention
and
investment
along
Mexico’s
southern
border,

according
to
Bloomberg.


Fox
News’
Yael
Halon
contributed
to
this
report.

Peter
Aitken
is
a
New
York
born-and-raised
reporter
with
a
focus
on
national
and
global
news. 

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