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Is Central America Headed Toward Militarized Security?

LADB Article ID: 80374
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-08-10
By: George Rodríguez

Violence in the three countries that make up the Northern Triangle of Central America––Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador––is one of the main reasons behind the constant and massive flow of immigrants to Mexico and the US, mostly undocumented persons, including tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors. The US says that conditions must be brought about that improve the three countries’ social and economic situation through prosperity-building efforts, including the attraction of investment, which requires a safer environment. At the same time, the US is planning to increase its military assistance to the region, which is a cause of concern for human rights activists. This topic was the focus of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, co-hosted by the governments of the US and Mexico on June 15 and 16 at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. The same day, at a joint press conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “security in Central America is not only crucial to the region’s stability, but really is foundational to creating economic prosperity in the region, which will translate also into economic prosperity for Americans as well.”

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