The Guatemalan Police arrested this Sunday two people accused of transporting 32 migrants from Haiti, Honduras, Venezuela, Uzbekistan and Nicaragua who were traveling without documents to the United States in two buses, the institution reported.
The uniformed men detained the Guatemalans, aged 36 and 39, at kilometer 61, Escuintla jurisdiction, a route they would use to reach the border with Mexico, said Edwin Monroy, spokesman for the National Civil Police.
The detainees were identified as Carlos Marcelino Esquit Villavicencio and Carlos Amílcar Hernández Cruz.
“It was established that citizens who entered the country irregularly and without completing the biosecurity measures were traveling. There were 22 Haitians, four Hondurans, three Venezuelans, two Uzbeks and 1 Nicaraguan, ”he explained.
Guatemala requires foreigners to present travel documents and negative coronavirus tests to enter its territory due to the covid-19 pandemic, which until this Sunday has left 11,858 dead.
The detainees were taken to a court in Escuintla and the migrants transferred to a shelter of the Guatemalan Migration Institute to “return them to their countries of origin,” added Monroy.
Last Sunday, security forces located 41 Brazilian, Chilean and Haitian migrants who were traveling irregularly to the United States in a house in the capital.
Guatemala, like the rest of the Central American countries, is part of the migration route of thousands of people who every year irregularly seek to cross into Mexico and later reach the United States.