Migrant caravan swells in Honduras as group nears Guatemala


He put her and the kids on a bus heading north from San Pedro Sula two weeks ago.

According to Bartolo Fuentes, the organizer and former MP, the caravan, dubbed "March of the Migrant", departed from the northern Honduran town of San Pedro Sula and plans to cross over into Mexico through neighboring Guatemala.

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.

A young man carries a child in the Hondurans' caravan.

Some 1,300 people joined the so-called "March of the Migrant" - just days after the US urged Honduras' president to halt mass migration.

"Tell your people: Don't put your families at risk by taking the risky journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally", said Pence. "Pence also called on the Central American leaders to warn their citizens against trying to cross the USA border", writes the Daily Caller.

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Pence said that flows of illegal immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala are up 61 percent and 75 percent, respectively.

Hernandez told Pence he would like more certainty about what to expect from the United States, because the funds requested by the Trump administration are below allocations from previous years.

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, Mexico Secretary of Government Alfonso Navarrete and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales pose for a photos before the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America at State Department on Thursday.

The Trump administration proposed $460 million in assistance a year ago, 30 percent less than what Congress approved in 2016 under President Barack Obama.

A caravan of migrants from Central America who say they are fleeing poverty and gang violence arrived at the Guatemala border Monday, hoping they eventually will reach the United States.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.