Honduran Foreign Minister, Rep. Cuellar visit Valley to discuss border crisis
POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 9:16am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER23) — With seemingly no end in sight to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our border, the Honduran Foreign Minister is in the Valley today along with Congressman Henry Cuellar to discuss what the country of Honduras is doing to stop the influx of immigrants leaving their country for the U.S.
"What once was for Honduran and other central american countries a geographical blessing has become a curse," said Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales.
Honduras has become a fertile ground for violence because of its location amidst drug traffickers and consumers.
But violence isn't the only factor behind the surge of immigrants seen fleeing the area for the U.S. border in recent months.
"We have had to deviate many resources of our national budget in places like education, health, and others to try to face the security challenges," explained de Corrales.
"The focus has been on just security, but I think if you look at some of the root issues that were brought up, the violence and the economy, we gotta look at the poverty issues," said Congressman Henry Cuellar.
While the humanitarian crisis doesn't have an end in sight, the Foreign Minister says she's already seeing progress being made in her home country.
"In the past three weeks, 12 different groups of coyotes or people traffickers have been dismantled in Honduras."
In addition, the Honduran administration has worked to create 11,000 jobs for people returning to the country as part of a reinsertion program.