Congressional delegation studies migration triggers in Central America

A congressional delegation consisting of U.S.  Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), as well as U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Gary Peters (D-MI), traveled to Guatemala and Honduras last weekend to learn more about the factors that spur migration from Central America to the U.S.

“The surge of adults and unaccompanied children trying to immigrate through our southern border is a crisis without an easy solution, and presents humanitarian issues on multiple layers as untold numbers of migrants become victims of human trafficking and suffer at the hands of brutal drug cartels in some of the hemisphere’s poorest and most volatile countries,” Ribble said.

The delegation made stops at border crossings and checkpoints in both countries, as well as a vocational training facility and model police precinct station in Honduras.

“We want to stem this tide of migration, both by having strong border control and enforcement mechanisms, and by acting as a partner to address the root causes of this problem before it starts,” Ribble said. “As I visited border crossings, police checkpoints and shelters for sex trafficking victims and spoke with officials in the region, I saw promising work being done, but it is clear that we still have a long way to go to truly address the immigration crisis at hand.”