By Kaylee Greenlee
A caravan of hundreds of migrants from Honduras is making its way to the U.S. after widespread damage caused by hurricanes, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The caravan, comprised largely of young people and a few women carrying children, presents a challenge to the incoming Biden administration’s immigration policies. The caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, through social media advertising before departing to Guatemala.
“We lost everything, we have no choice but to go to the United States,” a middle-aged man with his wife and cousin traveling with the caravan told Honduran television is quoted as saying. He said he was from La Lima, an area that experienced major flooding during the hurricanes.
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Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused extensive damage over two weeks to Honduran infrastructure, agriculture and homes, the report further noted. Around 100 people died.
Guatemalan migration authorities reportedly told the caravan that each migrant would need to provide a negative COVID-19 test and a passport. If numbers continue to join the caravan, it could become the first major movement of migrants attempting to reach the U.S. since the election.
President Donald Trump focused on stopping illegal immigration with the help of Mexico. A caravan of thousands from Central America was dispersed in Mexico in October.
President-elect Joe Biden said he will maintain a “humane” migration policy and propose aid to Central America. Biden said he will reverse several Trump administration immigration policies including hiring a Department of Justice official to focus on undoing Trump-era policies, according to Politico.
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