Guatemala arrests 24 migrants from Haiti, Guinea en route to US

16th June, 2019 10:29:12 printer

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan police arrested 24 migrants from Haiti and Guinea who were preparing to travel north and illegally enter the United States, a spokesman said on Saturday, reports AFP.

The arrests took place at a bus station on the northern fringes of Guatemala City, according to police spokesman Pablo Castillo.

The group had boarded the bus at Chiquimula city near the Honduran border, a staging post for migrants passing through Guatemala on the way to the US, he added.

“These people include six women and a minor. Twenty are from Haiti and four from Guinea,” he said.

All 24 were taken to a migration shelter in the center of the capital city.

Guatemala is a starting and transit point for migrant caravans that have since last year embarked for Mexico and the US border, angering US President Donald Trump and inflaming tensions between Washington and its southern neighbors.

Most of the migrants are from Central America, but others have joined the caravans from other countries on the continent such as Colombia and Cuba, and even as far afield as Africa.

On Friday, police arrested 13 migrants from Cameroon and Burkina Faso near Guatemala’s border with Mexico.