There are reports of a caravan with migrants that are heading to Belize from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. As it stands right now details of it are scarce but there has been confirmed. In speaking with the substantive Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse, there is an ongoing investigation.
Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture : “The relevant CEOs of Immigration, National Security, Police and so are meeting this morning in caucus to look at this and see first of all if the report is accurate and what measures we would take. Clearly Belize will not and cannot be used as a transit point for migrants to the United States, the United States has blocked that, there were troops place as I understand it on the border between Mexico and Belize and we have no facility, no mechanism or whatever to house those people so we’re looking at it very carefully. We are not a third safe country, the safe third country is in fact Guatemala and so if they’re moving into Guatemala from Honduras they’d have to hit Guatemala before they hit us. The United States’ rule and recommendation to Guatemala was that they become that safe third country. I know that yesterday in Giammattei inaugural speech he talked about bringing legislation to declare the gangs terrorist organizations, all those things are of concern to us because if those people begin to run out of Guatemala as they are running out of El Salvador Belize looks like an attractive place so we really have to tighten up and be vigilant on that matter but I can’t take it any further than that because I’d be saying things I don’t know.”
Minister Hulse reiterated that there is no way these migrants will be staying in Belize.