The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, received on Tuesday the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Kevin McAleenan, with whom he discussed immigration issues.
The senior US official was received by Hernandez at the local Enrique Soto Cano Air Base in Palmerola, 75 kilometers north of Tegucigalpa, where the US maintains a military presence since the 1980s.
Honduran Foreign Minister María Dolores Agüero said at the end of the meeting that McAleenan's visit is a follow-up to the agreements reached at the meeting of security ministers from the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and the United States. It was recently held in Guatemala.
He added that the countries of the Northern Triangle are "preparing a future meeting in the United States to unite efforts on border security and, in particular, in what concerns the protection of migrant children and the joint efforts we can make to combat the trafficking and smuggling of migrants. "
"We think it is a positive approach that we have addressed this day, since we are going to make an effort to address this issue from Mesoamerica, incorporating these security efforts to Panama and Costa Rica," said the Honduran diplomat.
He also said that the countries of the region will continue to work and look at the migration issue in an integral manner, improving the security of each one and exchanging information that will have an impact on the trafficking and illicit trafficking of people, as well as generating opportunities for improvement. living conditions of their people.
"We have also talked about various projects, for example, promoting labor mobility to the United States in agriculture, nursing and cruise passengers," said Agüero.
Other Honduran officials who participated in the meeting with Kevin McAleenan and Hernández are the Security Minister, Julián Pacheco; the head of the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), Lisandro Rosales, and the director of the National Migration Institute, Carolina Menjívar.
McAllenan arrived in Honduras today from El Salvador, where he discussed with the security authorities of that country the actions carried out against irregular migration.
The issue of migration in the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America became more relevant since in October 2018 thousands of Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans began to travel in caravans with the idea of arriving in the United States illegally.
Several immigrants, mostly Hondurans and Salvadorans have died for different reasons in the attempt to reach the United States, while thousands have been deported by that country, as well as Mexico, an obligatory step on the migratory route.
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