Honduran migrant caravan pushes north toward the U.S.

From left Vice President Oscar Ortiz of El Salvador Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Vice President Mike Pence Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen Mexi

Honduran migrant caravan pushes north toward the U.S.

The migrants arrived at the Guatemalan border singing the Honduran national anthem, praying and chanting, "Yes, we can".

"The impoverished nations of Central America, from which thousands of migrants have fled in recent years, are under mounting pressure from Trump's administration to do more to curb mass migration", reports Reuters. The group defied an order by the Guatemalan government that they not enter.

Keilin Umana, a 21-year-old who is two months pregnant, said she was moved to migrate to save herself and her unborn child after she was threatened with death. "We are not criminals - we are migrants", she said.

Reuters could not independently verify the number of participants, but Reuters video showed a group carrying backpacks and clogging roads near the border with Guatemala, some waving the Honduran flag. Some pushed toddlers in strollers or carried them on their shoulders. "That isn't enough to feed my family".

Officers then set up the roadblock about a mile (2 kilometers) outside Esquipulas.

The group was organized using social media, according to Reuters, which quoted Bartolo Fuentes, the alleged organizer, who said those in the march will request refugee status once they reach Mexico or a pass to allow them to continue north to the US border. The caravan eventually passed without incident.

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Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group that organized the springtime caravan, issued a statement of solidarity with the new group, addressed to the governments and people of Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and the United States.

More than 3,000 people from Honduras and other Central American countries are marching toward the U.S. -Mexico border, hoping to make it into the United States in what organizers have dubbed the "March of the Migrant".

Local media coverage prompted hundreds more to join, and Dunia Montoya, a volunteer assisting the migrants, estimated Sunday that the group had grown to at least 1,600 people. "If you want to come to the United States, come legally or don't come at all".

The migrants plan to seek refugee status in Mexico or pass through to the United States.

"If you do more, I'm here to say on behalf of the president of the United States and the American people, we'll do more", he said. Numerous migrants are fleeing a poor economy and some of the highest crime rates in the world.

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