Migrant Caravans in Guatemala Threaten Security of US Travelers – Embassy

Thursday, November 1, 2018
By Paul Martin


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US citizens and US government staff in Guatemala face an increased risk of crime and violent outbursts as migrant caravans transit the country en route to the United States, the American Embassy in Guatemala City warned in a travel alert on Thursday.

“The Embassy is monitoring ongoing caravans through Guatemala and remains concerned about increased risk of travel blockages, political instability, and criminal activity,” the release of the embassy said. “Additionally, ongoing social disturbances, some violent, continue in the towns of Ixquisis, and San Mateo Ixtatan, in the department of Huehuetenango.”

The towns cited in the embassy warning lie on the Guatemala-Mexico border, where migrants from two caravans have forced their way into Mexico during clashes with Mexican police on Sunday.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said that 15,000 US troops could be deployed to the US-Mexico border to block the migrant caravan from entering the country; the figure is higher than the total number of US soldiers that are presently deployed in Afghanistan.

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