On Monday, Guatemalan authorities announced that a group of over 500 migrants disbanded before reaching the U.S. border. The caravan, which initially began in Honduras, disintegrated shortly after crossing into Guatemala, as stated by the Guatemalan Migration Institute.
Officials in the nation stated that the caravan came to a halt just a few miles into the country, with individuals lacking proper documentation for Honduras being turned back. However, those possessing the required documents were permitted to proceed. Nevertheless, Guatemala did not disclose specific details regarding the number of migrants allowed to continue based on having the appropriate documentation.
Over the past few months, there has been a series of caravans that illicitly entered the United States.
The most recent unsuccessful group traveling from Honduras took place roughly a month after a previous caravan of around 8,000 people passed through Mexico and reached the United States in late December.
The Biden administration has consistently attempted to minimize the unprecedented surge in illegal immigration observed in the latter part of 2023. In December, the southwest border witnessed the apprehension of as many as 10,000 migrants daily. Nevertheless, the White House has sought to characterize it as a seasonal uptick.
During November, the overall count of migrant encounters at the southern border reached 242,418, marking the highest November in history and the third-highest month overall. Despite this, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre contended that this figure was not uncommon.