Central American leaders Meet to Plan Reunification of Separated Families and Campaign to Warn Migrants of the Dangers of Violating US Immigration Laws

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Momentous Meeting-Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and the United States of America strategize on migration, human traffic, security and family reunification,  Guatemala City. Photo: Gobierno de la Republica de Guatemala

This meeting followed a series of commitments assumed by the Presidents of the Republics of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras resulting from the official visit of the Vice President of the U.S., Mike Pence to Guatemala on June 28th to discuss regional interest in migration and security.

The Central American consular leaders seek to collaborate and facilitate family reunification and prioritize the safety and well-being of migrant children and adolescents. Consular officials are focused on extending consular protections and assisting their citizens with the complex process of family reunification and for those who were deported, reintegration into society.

The consular representatives plan to join forces and coordinate campaigns in their own countries that inform migrants about the serious risks of irregular migration on their lives and their families. They also seek to collaborate and strategize to collapse human trafficking networks, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala.

The Government of Honduras is promoting campaigns to prevent child and adolescent migration by appealing to parents’ roles: “Child migration is child abuse,” and calling on local government and communities to do all they can to create safe and loving environments so that children and teens don’t feel the urge to migrate and risk their lives: “Let’s stop them before they leave.” The Protection for the Honduran Migrant Program has strengthened services for the deported and has produced a series of videos using storytelling and visuals that show the dangers of migration to children and teens. See, To Live  Happily in Honduras is a Child’s Right. 

For his part, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Luis Videgaray, indicated that concrete actions must be taken to prevent families from being separated again. During the meeting with government officials in Guatemala,  the Mexican foreign minister stressed that prosperity and security are the leading causes propelling migration as well as economic stability.

Videgaray encouraged collaboration among Central American leaders to prevent family separations, lack of information, unrealistic expectations, and the dangers for those who seek to migrate to the United States:

“We must lead an awareness campaign that is both simultaneous and immediate to ensure that those who intend to make the trip or emigrate, really know what happens, and what their options are without having to violate the law, or incur serious dangers.”

Soledad Quartucci

Dr. Soledad Vidal Quartucci has a PhD from UC Irvine in United States History with an emphasis in Immigration and Feminist studies. She has a passion for bringing immigrant narratives to the forefront of the American experience. Immigrants’ concerns and contributions don’t normally make it to mainstream American news. Her writings are a contribution to broadening what makes news in America; she is especially interested in raising awareness of urgent human rights concerns surrounding the immigrant American experience and its interconnectedness to Central and Latin American politics and histories. Her dissertation, “Politics, Community and Pleasure: The Making of Mexican American Cold War Narratives in the Pages of La Opinion” adds a chapter to the cultural history of the post war period--one that has primarily focused on the experiences of Anglo Americans--by bringing to light how the Mexican American newspaper La Opinion interpreted and helped to shape the period. An analysis of La Opinion reveals a community’s preoccupation with identity politics, cultural pride and assimilative practices. The dissertation is organized around the discourse of the American dream; specifically, how the desire for consumption, liberal citizenship and labor in post World War II America produced specific accounts of migration in the pages of La Opinion. Through its publishers, editors and columnists La Opinion performed and celebrated political difference and civic duty to claim a stake in Americanism during the Cold War period.

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