More than 1,000 people, including families and women carrying babies, set off on Saturday from Honduras towards the United States in a mass migration march. From there, participants will request refugee status, which would allow them to stay in the country, or they will apply for a visa to pass through into the U.S.
In April, a similar group of impoverished travelers failed to sway Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" stance on migration, which lead to the separation of migrants from Latin America illegally crossing the United States border.
"I believe we'll get to the United States", Fanny Barahona, 35, an unemployed teacher, told the news outlet.
The migrants would be denied entry on the basis that the mass movement threatened national security, violated migration rules and violated the rights of children and adolescent, the statement said. In return, the USA expected Central American countries to tackle migration, corruption and gang violence.
"There is no work and so much violence that you can get killed walking down the street", said Javier Solis, 25, who said he has not found work in a year and wants to enter the United States.
Bartolo Fuentes, the organizer, told the news agency that the group plans to march through Guatemala and into Mexico. On a previous attempt, he was deported to Honduras upon reaching Mexico.
According to the Reuters report, 64 percent of Honduran households live in poverty.
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence met with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in Washington, Reuters reported. During the meeting Pence reiterated that the US was prepared to help with economic development and investment.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez lamented that the U.S. had been cutting its funding, and voiced concerns over the reunification of migrant families illegally crossing the American border. -Mexican border put Honduras under "huge pressure".
The Trump administration looks like it wants these migrants to consider the risk they are taking while making this journey in the hopes of entering the US illegally.