El Florida, Guatemala: At least 4,500 Honduran immigrants pushed past police on Friday night and entered Guatemala on Friday night, passing the first hurdle of their North American journey, hoping to be deported to the state. United will lead to a better life.
Immigrants plan to travel thousands of kilometers on foot from Central America to Mexico and then to the United States in search of escape from poverty, unemployment, gang and drug violence, and two devastating hurricanes.
An AFP correspondent reported that a group of men, women and children – many of whom were wearing masks due to the Kovid 19 epidemic. They dived into both countries yesterday on the way to the police and border gates in El Florida.
A Guatemalan police official said the force overtook the displaced because there were too many families with children in the crowd and that the use of tear gas at night could lead to deaths.
“We won’t go here unless they let us cross,” said Dania Henstrosa, a 23-year-old domestic worker, before trying to cross the border with her young daughter. “We have neither work nor food, so I decided to go to the United States.”