A Central American migrant caravan traveling through Guatemala to the southern border of the United States was forced to return to Honduras in an effort that was funded and partially administered by the U.S. government, according to a report.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Guatemala worked with national police to apprehend approximately 300 migrants in a group that left Honduras on foot earlier this week, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Guatemalan law enforcement said the U.S. paid for the three buses used to take the hundreds back to Honduras, signaling a new level of American involvement in blocking migration from the region.
The group of migrants was apprehended by ICE and Guatemalan police in the Guatemalan town of Cinchado, just miles from the Honduran border. The group was told by Guatemalan officials at the site that they had to bring proper documents with them that were required to pass through the country. ICE did not respond to a request for comment on its involvement.