LatinNews Daily - 28 March 2022

US and Costa Rica announce new migration agreement

Costa Rica: On 16 March US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a joint migration arrangement between the US and Costa Rica outlining “mutual commitments to work collaboratively on migration and protection issues”. According to a US State Department press release, this arrangement was announced by US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, US ambassador to Costa Rica Cynthia Telles, Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado and ministers of foreign affairs and security, Rodolfo Solano, and Michael Soto, respectively. According to the same press release, the arrangement “marks an important step in implementing President [Joe] Biden’s comprehensive plan to collaboratively manage migration in our hemisphere by providing a common framework on stabilization, legal pathways, and protection. These efforts pave the way for a regional declaration on migration and protection and for a more secure, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere”. The statement notes that Biden called for a new framework for nations to collectively manage migration in the Western Hemisphere. In October 2021, Blinken met with regional partners at the Regional Migration Ministerial in Colombia, where he “expressed our commitment to securing our borders and upholding the dignity and humanity of those who seek to cross them”. 

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