President Joe Biden’s administration established a deal with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to put more police officers at the border.
“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Tyler Moran, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council, told MSNBC on Monday.
According to data from the US Customs and Border Protection, 172,000 people were apprehended in Match after attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.
Last month, President Biden put Vice-President Kamala Harris in charge of overseeing efforts for the border.
The US Agency for International Development announced that it would arrange a Disaster Assistance Response Team for urgent humanitarian needs in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
“USAID leads the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to mitigate the impact of recurrent drought, severe food insecurity, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially in communities still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that hit just four months ago. We are deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team, or DART, which comprises disaster experts from USAID focused on rapidly scaling up emergency food assistance, programs to help people earn an income, protection for the most vulnerable, and other critical humanitarian programs,” a statement from USAID read.