A migrant caravan bound for the US through Mexico is transported back to their homes in Honduras, reports said.
The caravan consisted of more than 3,000 Honduran migrants that did not go through health checks and immigration processes, Al Jazeera reported.
The Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM) reported that the caravan entered Guatemala on Thursday, per CBS News.
However, the government of Guatemala began sending the migrants back on Saturday, per the Daily Wire.
In fact, on Sunday, Guatemala has already sent back almost 3,500 migrants back to Honduras through the help of security forces, CBS News reported.
According to IGM, the group broke through a military cordon at the Cornito border and split into groups to reach Mexico.
President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala said that sending the migrants back is part of the government’s “obligation” to reduce COVID-19 infection.
The country of Guatemala reported almost 100,000 cases of coronavirus and nearly 4,000 deaths.
While COVID-19 cases are more stable now, there are still no declines in the infections, per the Daily Wire.
What are Migrant Caravans?
Migrant caravans are groups of people moving through the land to cross international borders.
In recent years, some people choose to migrate with caravans due to the protection of moving in groups.
Caravans usually consist of thousands of people that offer more protection for everyone.
In October 2020, the caravan from Honduras consists of more than 3,000 people.
The January 2020 caravan, on the other hand, consisted of around 4,000 migrants
Aside from protection from crimes, caravans have the advantage of getting support from both the government and non-government organizations, per the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Lastly, the cost of moving in caravans is less.
For example, people who migrate irregularly pay less to smugglers when joining caravans.
Fleeing Poverty and Chaos
This is not the first time migrants from the Honduras cross borders to get to the United States in groups.
According to IOM, one reason for the 2018 influx of migrants from Central America is the effect of climate change.
For example, many of them have jobs in agriculture and fishing that are greatly affected by droughts.
Moreover, violence, political chaos, and rampant corruption have resulted in unemployment increase and poverty in Honduras, per Al Jazeera.
A Honduran worker staying at a migrant center in Guatemala told Al Jazeera he joined the caravan to find work in the US.