The Department of Homeland Security announced that Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have all signed the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) and all three ACAs have entered into force. This is a historic milestone for the Trump Administration, Central America, and the American people.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the United States and Honduras have concluded the implementation accords for the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) signed in September 2019. Under the ACA, certain migrants requesting asylum or similar humanitarian protection at the U.S. border may be transferred to Honduras to seek protection in Honduras.
On July 24, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security convened a virtual version of the XIII edition of the Meeting of Ministers and Secretaries of Security of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America otherwise known as the Regional Security Conference (RSC).
On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Honduras for the 12th Regional Security Conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The ministerial will bring together security officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama to discuss efforts to jointly address irregular migration, border security, and transnational criminal organizations in the region. As part of an ongoing emphasis on regional coordination, the officials will discuss ways they can continue to work together to target human smuggling and trafficking organizations operating in the region. The group will plan further progress on the agreements signed in 2019 and consider initiatives, with a focus on creating an environment that leads to greater opportunity and prosperity for people closer to home, instead of undertaking a long, dangerous, and expensive journey to the U.S.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf completed a series of bilateral meetings with the Government of Honduras in Tegucigalpa to discuss ongoing efforts to fully implement key agreements geared toward stemming the flow of illegal immigration, combating transnational criminal organizations in the region, and promoting a prosperous Honduras.
In recognizing the push and pull factors which cause irregular migration to the U.S., DHS has entered into agreements and arrangements with the countries of the northern region of Central America, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, to further expand asylum capabilities and improve safety, security, and prosperity throughout the region.
Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed two arrangements with the Government of Honduras to expand bilateral initiatives to confront irregular migration through Central America. The signings, which took place at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, will increase collaboration between the two countries on key issues.
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.