According to a recent report, a caravan with about 1,100 Honduran nationals has passed through Guatemala with the assistance of buses, and is on the verge of entering Mexico through their southern border, on it’s way to the United States, according to The DailyMail.
The caravan is still about 2,400 miles away from the border crossing at Tijuana, however, the group is making good time, thanks to the bus services that allowed them to cross the 420 miles of Guatemala in just a day.
The newest caravan is the latest in a stream of migrant groups, hoping to enter the United States due to economic concerns in their own country. However, with U.S. border facilities overwhelmed with previous migrants, hundreds are crossing illegally and then claiming asylum.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection just this week, that 53,000 parents and children were apprehended at the southern border in March.
Thanks to the current U.S. policy that allows for those who enter the United States with children to be released in the interior, pending a court date, according to experts cited by the DailyMail, migrants are now bringing children whenever possible, knowing that their detention will likely be shorter.
Nohemy Reyes, a migrant who traveled with five children to be part of the caravan, said that her motivation was a monetary one. “The economic situation is very difficult,” she said, according to the DailyMail. However, she also told reports that if the United States border is closed when she arrives, she will return to Honduras.
Miguel Angel Reyes of San Juan Pueblo, Honduras, cited his country’s violent crime as one of the reasons for joining the trip, but also said that he wanted to find a better way to provide for his wife and four children.
“I’m going because the situation is really hard here in Honduras,” said the field worker. “We can’t take it anymore. There’s a lot of suffering, no work.”