Guatemala seeks aid, cracks down on smuggling after Mexican migrant’s death

Immigrants to America draw banners in an improvised shelter in Tecun Uman
FILE PHOTO: Migrants to the United States paint a banner in an improvised shelter in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, January 22, 2020. REUTERS / Jose Cabezas

December 11, 2021

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala urged the United States on Friday to invest in the country and elsewhere in Central America to spur development, and called for a crackdown on people-smuggling gangs after dozens of Migrant killed in a truck crash in Mexico.

Officials from Guatemala and Mexico pledged to tackle international people-smuggling networks they blamed for Thursday’s crash that killed 55 mostly Guatemalan migrants.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said a regional “action group” had been formed to combat human trafficking networks and was backed by the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. USA.

The team will “investigate, identify, learn and bring to justice the leaders of the organization responsible for this human tragedy,” Ebrard said in a televised news conference.

Speaking alongside Ebrard, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo called for Washington’s investment to alleviate poverty in the region and called for tougher penalties for criminals who benefit from illegal immigration. .

He added: “We invite the US government to support development and investment in our country, as well as in neighboring countries, to avoid and ensure these tragedies are not repeated.

Brolo also suggested that the governments of Guatemala, Mexico and the United States soon hold a meeting to regulate and standardize their migration policies.

Every month, thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America cross Mexico to reach the US border. They are often crammed into large trucks organized by smugglers in dangerous conditions.

(Reporting by Noe Torres and Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Guatemala seeks aid, cracks down on smuggling after Mexican migrant’s death


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