SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Appearing U.S. Homeland Safety Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed a pact on Wednesday to collaborate extra carefully with El Salvador on migration and safety, applauding a drop in migration since new Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele took workplace.
U.S. Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) appearing Secretary Kevin McAleenan attends a information convention in San Salvador, El Salvador August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
U.S. officers have sought migration offers with Central American governments as they purpose to satisfy U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to curb migrant flows.
Talking alongside Bukele in San Salvador, McAleenan praised his host’s efforts in lowering migration, saying the variety of Salvadoran migrants reaching the US’ southern border was on tempo to drop 60% since Bukele took workplace in June.
“The US has already seen important progress out of your efforts,” McAleenan mentioned, addressing the Salvadoran president.
Below risk of sanctions, Guatemala agreed late final month to be designated as a “protected third nation,” that means Hondurans and Salvadorans could be required to hunt refuge in Guatemala, quite than continuing north.
McAleenan recommended that such an settlement wouldn’t make sense with El Salvador, which has seen much less migration in latest months than Guatemala and is much less ceaselessly traversed by U.S.-bound migrants from different international locations.
“We’re going to fulfill our companions the place they’re,” mentioned McAleenan, who arrived in El Salvador on Wednesday. “A few of that can contain asylum cooperation agreements…. However in different international locations we’re not going to want that sort of partnership, will probably be extra operational or capability constructing.”
The letter of intent signed by McAleenan and El Salvador’s minister of justice and safety requires heightened collaboration between regulation enforcement, together with extra sharing of data reminiscent of biometric information, in addition to boosting financial growth in El Salvador.
Officers additionally mentioned increasing Salvadorans’ entry to work visas in the US, Bukele mentioned.
Earlier than leaving El Salvador on Friday, McAleenan will go to a joint regulation enforcement coaching heart, tour a migration heart and meet with human rights teams and enterprise leaders, the Division of Homeland Safety mentioned in an announcement.
Reporting by Nelson Renteria; further reporting and writing by Julia Love; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore