US Interior Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met Tuesday with his Mexican counterpart, Olga Sánchez Cordero, in Miami and tomorrow will travel to Honduras, where he will sign a memorandum of cooperation with the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America. your department in a statement.
Both secretaries and other senior officials of their countries discussed “the ways in which the United States and Mexico can work together to tackle illegal immigration,” the statement said.
Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States detained more than 75,000 individuals, the largest figure in 12 years, as part of its efforts to stop illegal border crossings from Mexico.
Nielsen and Sánchez Cordero addressed the fight against human trafficking and smuggling, security cooperation and US plans at the meeting. to promote the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
This is an initiative of the Government of Donald Trump for immigrants, specifically asylum seekers, to wait in Mexican territory and with humanitarian protection while they wait for immigration authorities in the US to process their case.
This Wednesday, Nielsen will travel to El Ocotal (Honduras) to participate in multilateral meetings with officials from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries of the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, and sign the “first regional agreement of its kind on how to deal with the migratory crisis “.
This Memorandum of Cooperation between the United States and the three countries cited focuses on tackling the migration crisis from the source, which includes “preventing the formation of new migrants’ caravans” destined for the United States.
At the meetings in Honduras, the “common cause” that the United States will talk about will be discussed. shares with the countries of Central America in terms of “managing migration flows and promoting security and prosperity”.
Nielsen will also participate in bilateral meetings with the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, and the first lady, Ana García Carías.