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With the end of the CDC’s public health policy of Title 42, an order that allows federal authorities to quickly deport migrants at U.S. borders citing the health pandemic, the Honduran foreign minister warns it could lead to a increase in migration to the United States.
In an interview with Fox News, Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina discussed his recent meetings with Biden administration officials, plans to tackle internal corruption and migration issues to the southern border. Fox News asked Foreign Secretary Reina if there are concerns about mass emigration to the United States when the Biden administration ends Title 42.
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“It will be possible. I think that question has been part of the concern and we understand that many people internally and with the different policies that the United States has to decide.” He said.
14% of migrants who were deported under Title 42 are from Honduras. The policy was put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Already more than 100,000 migrants have been encountered from Honduras since the start of the fiscal year according to CBP data. The Biden administration announced it would end Title 42 on May 23, but a federal judge in Louisiana blocked that order earlier this week.
“A main issue that we will have to work on with the Biden administration in order to provide an alternative to develop this possibility of any economic growth in Honduras”. He said
Honduras has been key for the Biden administration in solving the migrant crisis. It is part of the Northern Triangle in Central America from which more than 680,000 migrants originated in fiscal year 2021. In January, Vice President Kamala Harris attended the inauguration of President Xiomara Castro, leader of the party Free from the left, with a focus on the fight against corruption. and irregular migration.
Foreign Minister Reina traveled to Washington and New York with a series of White House and State Department officials, including NSC Department Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, Juan Sebastian Gonzalez. They discussed the need for more direct aid to Honduras to prevent the migration flow to the United States.
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“We will really need investment, we need resources to develop our country. And for people to have better social and economic conditions in their lives, so they won’t be forced to leave the country. And that’s probably a major issue that we will have to work with the Biden administration to provide an alternative.”
Issues of anti-corruption policies and practices were also addressed. Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was recently extradited to the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges committed while in office.
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Mr. Reina also hoped that Vice President Harris and President Castro could hold an additional summit in the United States by the end of the year, expressing his confidence that President Castro’s ambitious agenda will meet lasting changes despite being in power for less than 90 days.
“The decision has been made and the president has power with the votes of a historic vote of Hondurans. So what we have to face and we have this challenge to meet all these expectations that the Honduran people have.”
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