Honduran urges U.S. to address roots of child migrant crisis

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez praised on Wednesday the expansion of the U.S. asylum program for Central American children, while urging Washington to address the “root of the problem.”

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez praised on Wednesday the expansion of the U.S. asylum program for Central American children, while urging Washington to address the “root of the problem.”

Hernandez commented at a ceremony in the Miami suburb of Doral, where he received the keys to the city from the hands of Mayor Luigi Boria.

The Honduran leader emphasized the importance of the U.S.-sponsored Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle of Central America, which is aimed at confronting the violence and economic deprivation that lead families to send their children on the dangerous journey to the United States.

Honduras is “on the right path,” he said, going on to hail the choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the Democratic nominee for vice president.

As a young man, Kaine worked with missionaries in Honduras, becoming fluent in Spanish.

“I can say that we are personal friends,” Hernandez told EFE regarding Kaine. “He has been in Honduras many times and has been one of the promotors of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity.”

Washington is putting $750 million toward the plan this year and plans to provide the same amount in 2017.

Declining to express an opinion about the U.S. presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the Honduran leader said that Washington is developing a closer, more productive and “more humane” relationship with Latin America.


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