Taking Steps to Impose Visa Restrictions in Response to Violent Anti-Democratic Actions in Honduras

The United States condemns the recent use of violence in Honduras to undermine democracy and enable the irregular and unprecedented naming of an interim Attorney General and interim Deputy Attorney General.

Today, we are taking steps to impose visa restrictions on certain individuals under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  A number of these individuals carried out acts of violence and intimidation, and others fomented conflict among the Honduran people by calling on violent groups to mobilize, resulting in physical attacks and acts of intimidation, some of which resulted in injuries.

These anti-democratic actions undermine Honduras’ institutions and are inconsistent with the core principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which Honduras signed as a member of the Organization of American States in September 2001.  We join the international community’s call for regular order to be restored via peaceful, transparent, and democratic means.

The United States stands with the Honduran people and those seeking to strengthen democracy and rule of law in Honduras, and we remain committed to promoting accountability for those who undermine it.

NOTE: Visa records are confidential under section 222(f) of the INA; individual applications of INA section 212(a)(3)(c) cannot be disclosed publicly.