Authorities in Honduras announced yesterday that 45 African and four Cuban immigrants were arrested in the Central American republic who intended to enter the United States illegally. The immigrants were arrested in Choluteca province, which is in southern Honduras and bordering the Republic of El Salvador. A spokesman for the Honduran immigration agency said they were caught through routine police methods.
Spokesman Luís Lozano said that they were arrested because they were in Honduras illegally. The nationalities of the African immigrants were not revealed in his report. They were on their way to Guatemala in order to continue their travel to the U.S. Africans are increasingly using Honduras as a way-station as they attempt to travel up the Central American isthmus into Mexico. In addition to Africans, Cubans, Chinese, and emigrants from South America land in Honduras to take buses or hop freight trains to the U.S. border.
In 2014 and 2015, authorities in Honduras detained more than 25, 000 foreigners, most of whom were Cubans, who had entered the country illegally.
Similarly, in March 2015, 18 Somalians and one Ghanian were detained in San Lorenzo, a port on the Pacific coast of Honduras. These undocumented aliens were also headed to the United States and had entered the country illegally.
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