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"We will not allow illegal migrants to pollute and put Guatemalans at risk," he exclaimed.
Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei on Thursday ordered a “state of prevention” in six departments of his country because of the entry of a caravan with over 3,000 Honduran migrants traveling to the United States.
"All those Hondurans who have entered illegally will be detained," he stressed, arguing that this measure is the consequence of their "disrespect" for the health protocols implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"We will not allow illegal migrants to pollute and put Guatemalans at risk," Giammattei exclaimed.
During the next 15 days, the state of prevention will govern in the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa, and Chiquimula. These are areas through which Honduran migrants could transit on their way to Mexico.