Readout of Secretary Johnson's Visit to Guatemala [July 9, 2014]   [open pdf - 158KB]

On July 9, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson concluded a two-day trip to Guatemala with U.S. Southern Command Commander General John Kelly, Counselor to the Department of State Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy Alan Bersin where he participated in meetings with the Governments of Guatemala and Mexico to discuss issues of mutual concern, including steps to improve the regional response to the influx of adults traveling with children and unaccompanied children across the U.S. southwest border. While in Guatemala City, Secretary Johnson met with President Otto Fernando Pérez Molina where he expressed his condolences following this week's earthquake. During the meeting, Secretary Johnson reaffirmed DHS's commitment to partnering with our Central American counterparts to stem the flow of adults with children and unaccompanied children entering the United States, to address the root causes of the influx, and to expand the capacity of these countries to receive and reintegrate repatriated migrants. Secretary Johnson also highlighted the steps the Administration is taking to improve enforcement and partnering with our Central American counterparts in three key areas: combating gang violence and strengthening citizen security, spurring economic development, and improving capacity to receive and reintegrate returned adults with children and unaccompanied children."

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