Mexico Prepares For Honduran Migrant Caravan

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 5:25pm

President Donald Trump is threatening to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop a group of migrants hoping to reach the U.S. border, and Mexican officials are warning they will strictly enforce their entry requirements if the migrants reach their border.

The migrants have legally crossed into Guatemala, the Associated Press reported, so it's unclear how Honduran officials would stop them.

Mexican immigration officials issued a statement after the caravan got Trump's attention. They say they will turn away anyone who doesn't meet Mexico's immigration requirements. For Hondurans, that would've meant visiting Mexico's consulate in Honduras before fleeing.

Large groups of Honduran migrants have been fleeing violence and poverty for years, said Maria Jose Lazcano, who oversees the Mexico-based Network for the Defense of Migrants. A majority of migrants traveling through Mexico last year were fleeing Honduras, a survey from the network found.

"It's not stopping," Lazcano said. "The fact that it's a continuous event tells us that the problem is not being managed in Honduras and the crisis is still going on."

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