DHS Acting Secretary Headed to the Source: El Salvador and Honduras

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Posted: Jul 01, 2019 1:00 PM
DHS Acting Secretary Headed to the Source: El Salvador and Honduras

Source: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan is headed to the Northern Triangle this week to get a better understanding of the source fueling the illegal immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border. He's headed out today and will return on Wednesday. 

"In El Salvador today, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes and Deputy Chief of Mission Mark C. Johnson. He will also participate in a meeting of the National Trade Facilitation Committee for a discussion on trade facilitation and customs modernization and then he will receive a briefing on the Policia Nacional Civil Model Police Precinct Program. Tonight, he will join El Salvador President Nayib Bukele for a bilateral meeting," DHS released in a statement Monday.

"Tomorrow, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with El Salvador’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, Rogelio Rivas, to discuss security and migration in El Salvador and Central America, followed by attending the first meeting of the Bilateral Migration Task Force comprised of several key government officials to take a whole of government approach to addressing irregular migration," the statement continues. "He will then receive a briefing and tour of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Assistance Center. Tomorrow afternoon he will travel to Palmerola, Honduras for a bilateral meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss continued collaboration on migration and security issues."

Last week McAleenen credited a 25 percent drop in border crossings to President Trump after he pressured Mexico to step up their own border enforcement with Guatemala.

Arrests along the Mexico border are projected to fall 25 percent this month, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said Friday, a drop he attributed to a crackdown by Mexican authorities on Central American migrants and the expansion of an experimental program that requires asylum seekers to wait outside U.S. territory for their immigration court hearings.

Although the numbers are temporarily down, they're still at crisis levels. Detention centers are completely overwhelmed and overcrowded due to a lack of resources from politicians in Washington D.C.