Reminding Australians to be alert and alarmed, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned of a large ‘caravan’ of Guatemalan refugees walking towards the Australian border, mirroring Donald Trump’s warnings of a similar caravan heading towards the United States.
Mr Dutton said the group – which also includes people from Honduras – left Central America last week, crossing into Mexico before heading towards Australia on foot.
Asked how they would cross the Pacific Ocean, Mr Dutton said that the refugees weren’t taking that route and were instead taking a different route to avert authorities.
He has threatened to stop aid to Guatemala if the caravan isn’t stopped.
By Terry Beuler