Central Americans are in a race against time, surging northward, as they attempt to get across the United States border before President-elect Donald Trump takes office on inauguration day, January 20.
Reuters reported that almost 410,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing into the U.S. during fiscal year 2016, with a large majority of them coming from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Since Trump won the election, they are arriving in droves, over concerns that Trump will keep his promise and close the border once he takes office.
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Those who are staying behind, along with the Mexican and Central Americans governments, are concerned about Trump’s proposal to block illegal immigrants in the U.S. from sending money back to their home countries as a means of paying for the wall on the border.
They are now living in fear that their funds from the U.S. will be cut off. Reuters quoted Victoria Cordova, a woman who was deported from the U.S. in 2014, as saying, “People are very worried because many of them have family over there in the United States, and they live off the remittances they send.”
The foreign ministers of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala reportedly met on Monday in Guatemala City, “to formulate a strategy to protect their migrants in the United States, in a show of regional solidarity,” Reuters reported.
Mexico’s deputy interior minister for migration, Humberto Roque Villanueva, said Mexico will be lobbying the U.S. Congress to “use all legal means against Trump’s plan for blocking remittances.”
Their people are living off money from the United States sent back by illegal immigrants, and they don’t want that flow of income to end.
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