An advertisement being circulated on social media in Honduras is encouraging a new caravan of migrants to depart the nations capital, San Pedro Sula, on Jan. 15.
The ad calls for people to convene at the main bus terminal in the city at 5 a.m. to head north.
Some local media in Honduras are posting the ad, which had been used in 2019, on their Facebook pages.
Intervision, a television channel with around 62,000 followers on Facebook, posted the ad on Dec. 11, 2019, and it has garnered 282 comments as of Jan. 8.
“We are going to the USA,” commented David Rivera Villanueva.
15 DE ENERO 2020 SALE LA PRÓXIMA CARAVANA CON DESTINO A EEUU DESDE LA TERMINAL METROPOLITANA DE SAN PEDRO SULA. SEGÚN SE INFORMA EL FLYER VIRAL LA HORA DE SALIDA SERÍA A PARTIR DE LAS 5:00 AM.
Some reactions to the ad warn potential migrants that things have changed since last year, and its not so easy to travel to, or be released into, the United States.
During the first six months of 2019, Mexico had essentially no security on either its southern or northern border.
But after President Donald Trump threatened to hit Mexico with tariffs, the government formed a National Guard tasked with securing its own borders and stopping the unfettered flow of migrants from Central America.
“The National Guard will be waiting for you here!” wrote Facebook user Mayte Estrada.
“In Chiapas you wont be able to cross as last year, so dont waste your time,” commented Adan Perez, referring to a popular crossing location from Guatemala into the southwest state of Chiapas, Mexico.
Hedman Eduardo Zamora Torres wrote, “First youll have to apply for asylum in Guatemala.”
New regional agreements and a “safe third country” rule mean the United States can deny asylum to those who enter the country without first applying for asylum in another country on their way north.
Other commenters said they would join the caravan.
“We are leaving, God above everything, everything will be alright, lets go with faith in God that well arrive,” wrote Edwin Jimenes.
Patti Zelayita said, “Yes, Ill join you, we are leaving, there are no jobs here in San Pedro Sula, if you set up any business, you never prosper, the gangs kill you.”
Another user, Edgar Gomez, said: “Well, we are leaving. Here in Honduras theres a lot of unemployment.”
However, several commenters said jobs do exist, including Alexandre Byrne, who said, “There are a lot of construction jobs here!”
Most migrants from Central America are looking for jobs and economic prosperity, which doesnt make them eligible for asylum. To meet the criteria, asylum-seekers must prove that they are, or will be, persecuted by their own government based on one of several factors, including race, religion, and political opinion.