Honduran police on Tuesday turned back a U.S.-bound caravan of more than 400 hundreds migrants due to lack of proper identification papers and proof of negative coronavirus tests.
The move was also to help the United States (US) government contain “pressure” on its southern border.
Most of the migrants were young adults with backpacks and women carrying children. They have begun walking in the early morning from a bus terminal in the northern city of San Pedro Sula to nearby Choloma, where they hitched rides on trucks and buses.
The migrants were hoping to reach the US to escape poverty which became worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Migrant Carlos Flores told local television that they have to take risks to have a better life in the US.
“Here you can hardly eat with what you earn if you can even find work,” Flores added.
The Honduran police have placed checkpoints near the Guatemalan border crossing at the northern town of Corinto.
Police official Jose Murillo said over 90 percent of migrants who reached Corinto had been turned around because they lacked proper identification or proof of COVID-19 tests.
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