Trudeau accused of helping to create conditions for migrant caravan to U.S.
A few dozen people gathered in Halifax on Saturday to show their solidarity with the caravan of migrants travelling through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States.
“I think Canadians would be surprised to learn the role that Canada has played in Honduras in creating some of the conditions that are causing people to flee,” said event organizer Stacey Gomez.
She addressed a crowd inside a Halifax coffee shop about the recent history of unrest in Honduras, the Central American country from which many in the caravan originated.
Gomez said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did a disservice to Hondurans by recognizing President Juan Orlando Hernandez after his disputed election win last year.
“There were many irregularities with that election, but Canada still recognized that government,” she said.
Now an estimated 6,200 migrants and refugees from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are making their way toward the U.s.-mexico border, fleeing poverty and threats of violence.
Gomez called on the federal government to repeal the Canada-u.s. Safe Third Country Agreement and open Canadian borders to the migrants in the caravan.
Migrants, mostly Hondurans, make their way to Isla, Veracruz State, in Mexico last week.