Hundreds of Central American residents camped outside the bus station in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Friday night, preparing to travel to the United States as part of a migrant caravan.
Local TV channels showed how more and more families were drawn to the gathering place, many of them with small children.
Central American authorities are sending soldiers to regional borders to contain migrants.
This year’s first caravan of migrants hits the road less than a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Biden has pledged to pursue a more humane migration policy to counter the tough approach of outgoing President Donald Trump.