COPAN, HONDURAS (AP) – More than 1,000 Honduran migrants pushed their way into Guatemala on Friday night without registering, a portion of a larger migrant caravan that had left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula before dawn, Guatemalan authorities said.
Video shared by the Guatemala Immigration Institute showed cheering people streaming in while border agents looked on and tried to keep them from blocking traffic.
Honduran migrants began walking toward the Guatemalan border, driven by deepening poverty and the hope of a warmer reception if they can reach the United States border.
They quickly dispersed along the heavily trafficked highway toward border crossings in western Honduras, but estimates of their number ranged from 2,000 to more than twice that. Around 4am, young men and entire families carrying sleeping children set out. Some quickly caught rides while others walked along the highway escorted by police.
Before the large breach, Guatemalan authorities had reported picking up only small groups of Hondurans and returning them to the border.