More than 1,000 people have gathered in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with more arriving by bus every day. The group is forming a caravan intent on moving north through Guatemala, then Mexico, on its way to the Southern U.S. border. But Mexico appears to be making a stand.
After speaking with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said:
“Today in the conversation with foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard we asked about that caravan. The Mexican government told us that they won’t let it pass … that they will do everything in their powers to stop it from passing.”
Mexico’s hard stance makes sense after the U.S. implemented Migrant Protection Protocol, which involves moving thousands of migrants back to Mexico to await asylum hearings, and then demanding that they apply for asylum in countries they pass through on their way to the U.S. before they are allowed to apply here. If Mexico can stop the caravan from entering its territory, it might slow down the number of asylum seekers trying to reach the U.S. who eventually end up in Mexico.