(18 Oct 2019) Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says that historical results had been achieved in reducing illegal emigration from the so-called Northern Triangle region of Central America.
On an official visit to El Salvador on Thursday, McAleenan said that the number of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala had been reduced by 86% in the last four months.
He also highlighted agreements signed with Central American governments and described them as “one of the most fruitful diplomatic associations” he had seen to improve the region’s security.
His visit comes amid ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to convince other nations — many of them notoriously violent — to take in immigrants to stop the flow of people to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tens of thousands of people also remain in Mexico, which has changed its policy to deny asylum to anyone who transits through a third country en route to the southern border of the U.S.
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