Biden promised to stop all deportations for 100 days after taking office and activists are holding him to it. Two national immigrants rights groups have asked Biden not only for a blanket moratorium on deportations but also a halt on any arrests or apprehension of immigrants. Meanwhile a caravan of an estimated 9,000 people are already on the march towards the US border.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei issued a statement calling on Honduran authorities “to contain the mass exit of its inhabitants.” On Jan. 15, the migrants entered Guatemala by pushing past about 2,000 police and soldiers posted at the border; most entered without showing the negative coronavirus test that Guatemala requires.
“The government of Guatemala regrets this violation of national sovereignty and calls on the governments of Central America to take measures to avoid putting their inhabitants at risk amid the health emergency due to the pandemic,” Giammattei said in the statement.
Guatemala has set up almost a dozen control points on highways, and may start busing more migrants back to Honduras, as it has done before, arguing they pose a risk to themselves and others by traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.
Governments throughout the region have made it clear they won’t let the caravan through.
Mexico continued to drill thousands of National Guard members and immigration agents on its southern border, in an attempt to discourage the caravan from crossing into Mexico.