Washington.- More than 225,000 Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans have left their countries and tried to enter illegally through the southern border during the past year, the Vice President said Thursday when he opened the second Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America.
According to Pence, people from these nations represent more than half of all undocumented detainees in that area in 2017, and while arrivals from El Salvador decreased, from Honduras grew 61 percent and from Guatemala 75 percent.
He also referred to measures taken at the border and changes to immigration laws sought by the administration of Donald Trump, who has made the reduction of both illegal and legal immigration a central part of his agenda.
The president and I will continue to work with Congress to address this crisis on this side of the border, added the Vice President, who said Trump will continue to use his executive powers for the benefit of U.S. security.
Such pronouncements are made when Trump's government receives national and international rejection for its controversial immigration policies, including "zero tolerance" for undocumented immigrants.
This initiative, which establishes that anyone arrested while illegally crossing the border between the United States and Mexico will be accused of criminal charges, led in the first half of this year to the separation of 2,654 minors from their parents, according to official data.
Trump is also criticized for his purpose, since he was a candidate for president, to build a wall in the referred dividing line and to pretend that the neighboring nation of the south pays for the work. (PL)