Joint Statement Between the U.S. Government and the Government of Honduras

WASHINGTON – Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed an agreement with the Government of Honduras to expand bilateral initiatives to confront irregular migration through Central America. The signing, which took place during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, will further pave the way to increase collaboration between the two countries on key issues.

Once the agreement enters into force, it will further enhance asylum and protection capacity in Honduras. Using best practices developed by the United States and the international community, the two countries will collaborate to increase protection options for vulnerable populations. The United States and Honduras will work together to ensure that these vulnerable populations are not victimized by smugglers.

Coordination and collaboration between the governments of the United States and Honduras has increased to new, unprecedented levels. The two countries share a longstanding partnership, bolstered by close proximity, common principles, and shared democratic values that have led to years of partnership, from addressing historical migration flows to efforts to build a more stable and prosperous region.

In executing the Trump Administration’s strategy to disrupt smuggling operations and address the crisis at the Southwest border, Acting Secretary McAleenan has also forged partnerships with Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador in recent months.