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Renewing the United States' Commitment to Addressing the Root Causes of Migration from Central America, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, April 14, 2021   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the April 14, 2021 hearing on "Renewing the United States' Commitment to Addressing the Root Causes of Migration from Central America," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the Opening Statement of Albio Sires: "While I am thrilled that we have two experienced witnesses with us to discuss how to strengthen U.S. policy and foreign assistance toward Central America, I believe our goal should be to ensure that every individual throughout Central America has the chance to achieve a life of dignity and opportunity in their home country. Only--only then will we be able to solve the challenge of irregular migration. [...] As the U.S. Government takes a longer term and more holistic approach to addressing migration, I believe that promoting democratic governance and human rights must be central. We need to tackle corruption. We saw progress in Guatemala and Honduras when the international community provided backing and protection to courageous domestic prosecutors. The anti-corruption mission in Guatemala helped reduce homicides by 5 percent annually during the 10-year period in which it operated. It showed that reducing corruption directly advances all our other policy goals. Unfortunately, there are economic and political elites in these countries who will fight tooth and nail to protect the status quo." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ricardo Zuniga, and Peter Natiello.

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Serial No. 117-25
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2022
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Public Domain
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