The following joint statement was released by Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.
Central American Migration
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf participated in the 11th Regional Security Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The United States and Honduras share a strong partnership. Our geographical proximity, common principles, and democratic values have led to close cooperation between both countries over the years, from addressing historical migration flows to efforts to build a more stable and prosperous region. The broad scope of this relationship has progressed into key agreements with respect to economic and environmental cooperation; cultural, humanitarian, and security support; counternarcotic efforts; and migration.
Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed an agreement with the Government of Honduras to expand bilateral initiatives to confront irregular migration through Central America. The signing, which took place during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, will further pave the way to increase collaboration between the two countries on key issues.
High-level representatives from the governments of the United States and Honduras met this week in Tegucigalpa to discuss how to increase temporary legal employment opportunities in the United States, enhance collaboration in the areas of law enforcement and information-sharing, bolster regional border security, and strengthen migration protections.
Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, signed a cooperative agreement with Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington.
Today, a U.S. delegation led by the Department of Homeland Security and a Honduran delegation completed a series of productive meetings on a broad range of topics related to border security, irregular migration, combating migrant smuggling and transnational criminal organizations, and expanding avenues for legal migration.
Today, at the Presidential Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed a Letter of Intent with the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Security Rogelio Rivas to intensify bilateral cooperation in four areas to address irregular migration from Central America and combat transnational criminal organizations.
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador to meet with Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and other political and non-governmental organization leaders.
Tomorrow, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to Panama City, Panama to participate in a Meeting of Central American Ministers of Security and to meet with Panamanian officials to discuss regional cooperation to confront irregular migration.