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Hondurans’ new US-bound caravan draws fire from Trump

AFP
San Pedro Sula
Hundreds of Hondurans have set out on a trek to the United States, forming another caravan that US President Donald Trump cited on Tuesday to justify building a wall on the border with Mexico.
“A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”
As the procession left the town of San Pedro Sula under a steady rain Monday night, one of the migrants summed up their plight: “We are leaving because there is crime and no work,” said Juan Garcia, 52.
More than 500 people set out from the centre of San Pedro Sula, which is 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
It was from the same transport hub that some 2,000 Hondurans left on October 13 in the first of a series of US-bound caravans. That and other migrant flows from El Salvador and Guatemala came to total some 13,000 people.
More than half turned around and went home, eventually. Hundreds -- down from much larger numbers late last year -- remain at the Mexican border with the United States, held back by tougher border policies under Trump and support among his base for his proposed border wall.