The Honduran Foreign Ministry warned that its consular offices in the Unites States are braced for a spike of immigrant deportations while pledging legal help for potential deportees.
The move on the Honduran side came after the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is this week launching inspections of homes and businesses in 10 US cities with large immigrant populations to round up undocumented migrants.
“We call on our compatriots to remain calm. If approached, do not reveal your immigration status. Ask to see an arrest warrant before opening the door to immigration authorities, and above all do not give false information,” a ministry spokesman said.
Immigration lawyers are available to provide potential deportees with legal advice, it noted in the statement that also provided information about the individual rights.
An estimated one million Hondurans are living in the United States, including 44,000 with “temporary protected status” due to expire in October 2021.
Ironically, since the 2009 US-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed there, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the US with the hope of receiving political asylum.