US announces Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America

Washington: The Joe Biden administration on July 29  released a sweeping strategy to address the root causes of migration from Central American nations to the United States, which has been rising to the point where it is posing an increasing challenge to the administration.

According to the reports, the 18-page letter, released by the National Security Council, specifies the strategy by dividing it into many pillars, including addressing economic insecurity and inequality, combating corruption and strengthening democratic governance, and promoting respect for human rights. The pillars also include addressing violence and crimes committed by criminal gangs and trafficking networks, as well as curbing sexual, gender-based and domestic violence.

Vice President Kamala Harris said in a statement accompanying the report that although the US has engaged with Central America for the past decades, "the engagement has often not been consistent. And over the last few years, the US significantly pulled back from work in the region." Harris was tapped by Biden in March as the liaison person leading the administration's efforts to address the root causes of migration by engaging with the Northern Triangle nations in Central America. The number of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border reached a yearly high in June, totaling 188,829 people and up 5 percent from the May figure, according to new statistics released earlier this month by Customs and Border Protection.

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