• Costa Rica Real Estate

US Secretary of State Kerry urges Central America cooperation on child migrants

July 1, 2014

PANAMA CITY – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated Tuesday Washington’s calls for Central American cooperation in addressing the plight of tens of thousands of illegal child migrants making their way to the United States.

The rapid surge in unaccompanied children making the dangerous journey, most of them from Central America, has prompted U.S. officials to talk of a “humanitarian crisis” and to issue reminders the vast majority of the minors will be deported.

Kerry met with Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, plus Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero in Panama City.

“The lives of children cannot be put at risk in this way and we all have a responsibility as leaders to do our part in order to solve this problem, and we will,” Kerry said.

“We obviously understand people who want to be able to do better, to look for a better life. But at the same time, there are rules of law,” he added.

And he cautioned that “there is false information that is being spread about benefits that might be available to these young people who are looking for that better life.”

Kerry declined to say whether the United States would heed calls from Central America for U.S. authorities to focus on reunifying families whenever possible.

Central American authorities yesterday said they would ask Kerry to allow children immigrants to stay if their parents were already in the country.

Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children aged under 17 have been detained crossing the border, twice the number from the same period a year ago.

U.S. President Barack Obama Monday lodged a request with Congress for $2 billion to cope with the tide of undocumented child immigrants.

The sudden flow has injected new venom into the debate between Obama and House Republicans over his calls for a sweeping reform of the U.S. immigration system.

“We understand this problem from all its dimensions and are willing to work together with the U.S. government to look for a quick and appropriate solution aimed at the problem not growing,” Guatemala’s Pérez Molina said.

El Salvador’s Sánchez Cerén, meanwhile, said that the problem stems from “people linked to crime” who “deceive parents that upon arrival in the United States, reunification will be a reality.”

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Equipment failures causing missed approaches, cancellations at Costa Rica’s busiest airport
Costa Rica
174 views
Costa Rica
174 views

Equipment failures causing missed approaches, cancellations at Costa Rica’s busiest airport

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 17, 2019

Issues with the instrument landing system, coupled with the rainy season weather, have caused numerous missed approaches and flight cancellations…

New York at the center of the fight against climate change
Climate Change
13 views
Climate Change
13 views

New York at the center of the fight against climate change

Ivan Couronne / AFP and The Tico Times - September 17, 2019

Environmental activists will meet in New York on Friday for a demonstration and a youth summit, with the goal of…

Keylor Navas vs. Real Madrid: A meeting worthy of Champions
Keylor Navas
25 views
Keylor Navas
25 views

Keylor Navas vs. Real Madrid: A meeting worthy of Champions

Alexis Hontang / AFP and The Tico Times - September 17, 2019

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas has finally settled the debate regarding PSG’s goalkeeper. On Wednesday, the Tico faces his former club,…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!