Local experts weigh in on new migrant caravan coming to U.S. border

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Local experts weigh in on new migrant caravan coming to U.S. border (Source: Associated Press)

At least 2,274 Hondurans have officially entered Guatemala as part of the newest migrant caravan, according to the Guatemalan Migration Institute. 

1,612 entered through the Aguas Calientes border and another 662 entered through the Corinto border crossing in Izabal. 

However, immigration officials did not let everyone in if they did not have proper identification on them. 

Several of them shouted about the corruption in their country while holding up the Honduran flag arriving in Guatemala. 

But entering the United States border may be more difficult than several of them may think, according to local immigration experts. 

“In order to seek asylum in the U.S., you have to first seek asylum in Guatemala, so technically you have to be denied in Guatemala in order to seek asylum here,” said Wendoli Rodriguez, a local immigration attorney based in McAllen. 

As Rodriguez explains policy, even if they are denied asylum in Guatemala and are allowed to seek asylum in the U.S., they would likely have to wait out their case in Mexico as part of Migrant Protection Protocol, or MPP. 

“The majority of them are being processed and returned to Mexico,” said Rodriguez who has several clients currently a part of MPP. 

Social media posts have been circulating around which show advertisements for those wanting to join the caravan, prompting CBP officials like Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan to speak about the issue, quoting ‘we are watching the migrant caravan closely’ on Twitter. 

For perspective, during fiscal year 2019, there were more than 253,000 people from Honduras who had illegally crossed the border and were apprehended by Border Patrol. 

Already in fiscal year 2020, more than 14,000 people from Honduras were apprehended at the border by Border Patrol. 

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has offered 4,000 jobs to those in the migrant caravan. 

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