First ladies of Guatemala and Honduras visit respite center

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MCALLEN, Texas — The first ladies of Guatemala and Honduras visiting key points for immigrants like the Catholic Charities Respite Center. This morning following an invitation from Acting-U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, the three met to discuss ways the U.S. and the Central American countries can work together to stop the massive flow of migrants.

“There’s a lot of opportunities but a lot of the times they are unaware of it It’s going to be a place where they will be treated well and can enroll to learn a career.”

Hilda Patricia Marroquin de Morales says her country already has a prevention campaign in place warning migrants about the dangers along the border. Guatemala also preparing a camp where their citizens will soon be able to find jobs and enroll in school to start a career. All in hopes to keep Central Americans in their home country.

“There’s been a massive increase in men traveling with children that wasn’t seen before.”

Honduran First Lady Ana Garcia Carias says although migrants are warned about the dangers of crossing illegally, the country has seen a massive increase in men traveling with children, never before seen.

“We are also here to see how we can help our people once they get to the U.S.”

Guatemalan officials saying there are 20 Guatemalan consulates in the United States with seven of them already printing passports for migrants within an hour for them to have proper documentation in the U.S.

Sister Norma Pimentel says this special visit from both first ladies made migrants feel welcomed and happy to know someone cares for their well-being.

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