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Migration Tops Agenda For U.S. Special Envoy Visit To Central America

Migration Tops Agenda For U.S. Special Envoy Visit To Central America

Migration Tops Agenda For U.S. Special Envoy Visit To Central America

 US President Joe Biden's special envoy to the so-called Northern Triangle group of Central American countries will begin his two-state tour, with the aim of addressing the growing immigration, by meeting Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s on Monday afternoon.

The countries of the Northern Triangle are Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which in recent years provided the bulk of immigrants heading to the United States.

Ricado  Zuñiga’s visit comes as immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border hit a record last month, adding to the urgency of Biden's efforts to reform US border policy while putting migrant flows under better control.

A statement from Giammattei’s office said  Zuñiga’s meeting with Giammattei’s will be followed by talks with other Guatemalan officials on Tuesday, adding that in addition to immigration, the officials will also discuss economic development and security issues.

The US envoy will also visit El Salvador later in the week, according to a White House statement released on Sunday, but details of that stage of  Zuñiga’s trip have yet to be announced.

While Zunega is not scheduled to visit Honduras this week, he discussed immigration in a "comprehensive manner" with Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales last Friday, according to a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.

The statement added that talks between Honduran officials and  Zuñiga’s are expected to continue on April 9 in Washington.

US authorities arrested more than 171,000 immigrants across the United States and Mexico in March, the highest monthly total in two decades and the latest sign of the growing humanitarian challenge facing the Biden administration's two-month-old Biden administration.

The March figures represent a 178% increase in the number of immigrant families arrested at the border compared to the previous month.

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