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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Central American nations ramp up citizen protections in U.S.

Expanding consular services to guard 'human rights' of illegals

President Obama at the White House with presidents Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador, Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras.
President Obama at the White House with Presidents Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador, Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras.


McALLEN, Texas – The governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras praised President Obama’s executive actions effectively granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens, promising to increase their consular services in the U.S. to protect the “human rights” of their migrating citizens.

“More that 100,000 Guatemalans will be able to benefit from President Obama’s executive action,” boasted President Otto Pérez Molina in a Twitter message.
Molina said that in December and January, his government will be “opening more consulates in the United States to take care of Guatemalans.”
“The most important document for Guatemalans to obtain in the United States is a passport,” he said. “We hope to facilitate the necessary procedures. We want to reiterate our commitment to provide consular protection and assistance to Guatemalans in the United States to ensure respect for their fundamental human rights.”
El Salvador Secretary of Government Communications Hasto Hasbún issued a statement highlighting the efforts of El Salvador President Sanchez Caren to ensure the human rights of citizens who migrate illegally to the United States.
“We welcome the action taken by President Obama as a triumph for human rights and an important first step in the quest to achieve comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.
El Salvador Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez said Obama’s executive action “will be implemented to the benefit of millions of undocumented immigrants who are now in the United States.”
“This announcement will give temporary immigration status relief to many El Salvadorans in the United States, while the administration of President Sanchez Caren continues to hope the U.S. Congress will approve comprehensive immigration reform to give a permanent solution to our fellow citizens in the United States,” Martinez said.
Martinez added that the El Salvador Ministry of Foreign Affairs now plans to work with the El Salvador consular network in the United States “to make sure the El Salvadoran community throughout the United States is fully informed” of Obama’s executive orders and to help implement them.
In Honduras, the government said Obama’s executive actions will benefit tens of thousands of Honduran families living in the United States. It noted that Hondurans in the U.S., along with their U.S.-born children, will have the assurance they will not be subject to deportation for at least three years.
“On behalf of millions of Central Americans and Hondurans, we want to thank President Obama for his action on behalf of the migrants,” tweeted Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.


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