US, Mexico Agreed to Improve Asylum Access to Central Americans Fleeing Violence
July 13, 2016
According to International Business Times, the United States and Mexico agreed to improve asylum access to Central American nationals fleeing heavy violence in their home countries and consider alternative strategies to detention programs.
The agreement was reached during a meeting hosted by the United Nations refugee agency aimed at alleviating problems in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Notorious for the highest rates of violence and murder in the world, nationals of the three countries have fled in very high numbers: at least 109,800 migrants fled Central America in 2015 alone — toward the southern U.S. border and elsewhere in a crisis that has captured the attention of Congress and U.S. President Barack Obama.
The new proposal will set up a monitoring system that will analyze patterns of displacement. Asylum countries like the United States agreed to ensure, "timely identification and documentation, in particular at border areas, of persons in need of international protection." The UN is seeking an additional $23.5 million to set up offices in Central America to monitor the situation closer.