Honduras Migrant Crisis

Honduras rejects anti-immigrant measures approved by the Texas Congress

Honduras rejects anti-immigrant measures approved by the Texas Congress

The Government of Honduras expressed its rejection on Thursday to anti-immigrant measures aimed at stopping the flow of people through criminalization, following the approval of at least two initiatives by the Congress of the state of Texas (USA), which shares a border with Mexico, reports La Tribuna.

“We categorically reject the measures contained in this law because it criminalizes migration and induces the forced return of migrants, which would call into question international norms, without having reached an agreement with Mexico on readmission, a competence of the federal authorities of the United States,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chancellery) in a statement.

The Honduran government acknowledges “the right of each country to safeguard its borders.” However, it expressed “the obligation to protect our compatriots residing abroad, in order to preserve their rights and guarantees,” it added.

 

 

Honduras works with the United States under the framework of the Los Angeles Declaration, which, among other agreements, advocates for “safe, orderly, and regular migration, as well as cooperation between nations to address the issue of human mobility,” the Honduran Foreign Ministry noted.

“The return of our compatriots must be governed by the principle of due process and in unrestricted respect for international human rights standards,” it emphasized.

The Texas House of Representatives, dominated by Republicans, approved last week the SB 4 bill, which makes undocumented border crossing a misdemeanor and requires the judiciary to order the return of foreigners to Mexican soil to avoid processing them in the United States.

If the foreigner does not comply with the judge’s order or has criminal records, the offense becomes serious and carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Legislators also approved the SB 3 bill, which would allocate $1.54 billion to build border barriers and provide funds to law enforcement to secure the border and immigrant settlements.

The Honduran government made a “respectful” call to the state of Texas to “reconsider the measures that have been approved to the detriment of the migrant population.”

 


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