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Honduran Migrants Stranded on the Guatemalan-Mexican Border


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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:55 GMT

Thousands of Honduran migrants remained stranded on the border between Guatemala and Mexico on Saturday after spending a night on a bridge after Mexican riot police blocked them from advancing towards the US borders, reports AFP.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he would meet with his Guatemalan counterpart Jamie Morales on Saturday to discuss the next steps in the crisis, which recently sparked an anti-immigration speech from US President Donald Trump. 

Hundreds of people were stranded in the open on the bridge linking the banks of the Satachati River or the main square of Guatemala's border town of Tocan Uman. 

Hernandez wrote on Twitter that he had asked the Guatemalan authorities to "hire land transport companies for those who wish to return to their country."

Police said more than 300 people had accepted a government offer to take the bus home, and 220 have already left for their country. 

Young Honduran Bryon Rivera gave up her dream of a better life in the United States. "There's a lot of chaos" in the convoy, "said the 25-year-old, waiting for a bus to take home. 

The vast majority, however, chose to wait on the bridge over the Satachati River, where the Mexican authorities insisted that immigrants should apply for asylum.

Some participants in the convoy tried to cross the river swimming or by renting small boats from local villagers to cross the river.

"We promised by the Mexicans to give us a visa but the people have been there on the bridge since yesterday and nothing has been given to them," said 22-year-old immigrant Benitez. 

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