Guatemala Takes Emergency Measures Amid Immigration Surge

Guatemala Takes Emergency Measures Amid Immigration Surge

(TargetLiberty.org) – Guatemala has declared a state of emergency along its eastern border after reports of another so-called “migrant caravan” growing in neighboring Honduras. With the COVID pandemic ongoing, the country says it doesn’t want thousands of people swarming across its territory.

On March 29, Guatemala’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, announced the five provinces along his country’s border with Honduras would be placed under a “state of prevention.” The move was sparked by warnings of a large group of would-be illegal immigrants forming in Honduras, intent on crossing Guatemala and Mexico to reach the US. Open-air gatherings and demonstrations in the border provinces will now need a permit, and the message is clear: Groups of migrants won’t be getting one.

On Tuesday, a caravan in Honduras reportedly set out toward the U.S. However, most of the migrants were turned away by police before reaching Guatemala because they lacked the proper documentation.

This isn’t the first time Giammattei has had to impose a state of emergency; in January, Guatemalan police used tear gas after thousands of Hondurans tried to force their way across the border. With US immigration policy collapsing into chaos and the number of illegals trying to cross our border is at its highest in years, it probably won’t be the last time either.

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