The Latest: Honduran migrant says he wants to return home

MYTWINTIERS | 10/20/2018 | Nexstar Broadcasting
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TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) - The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

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Migrant Gonzalo Martinez says he is voluntarily returning to Honduras from a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico because he was disappointed in the unruliness of caravan members and just wanted to head home.

"We thought the caravan was passive but there were unruly people, I was disappointed," said the 37-year-old farmer as he boarded a bus in Tecun Uman, Guatemala to take him back to Honduras.

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Martinez was referring to the clashes with police when migrants forced their way through a Guatemalan border fence and some then tried to get into Mexico, only to be prevented by Mexican police.

He said he was trying to migrate from the province of Lempira to the United States because of the violence in Honduras.

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"They killed some relatives; they shot my father and they also tried to kill me," he said, adding that the roughly $4 he earns in daily wages is not enough to feed his family of seven.

Martinez was one of more than 500 Honduran migrants who voluntarily returned to their country.


5:30 p.m.

About 2,000 Central American migrants who crossed a river from Guatemala into Mexico have voted in a show of hands to re-form their caravan and continue their march northward.

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The migrants in question crossed the river without registering unlike others who were processed by Mexican immigration officials at a border bridge.

Rodrigo Abeja is one of the caravan's leaders. He says that tomorrow morning they will move on toward the city of Tapachula.

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In his words, "We don't yet know if we will make it to the (U.S.) border, but we are going to keep going as far as we can."

The migrants gathered in a park on the Mexican side of the river...
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