VP Harris Releases Strategy to Tackle Migration’s Root Causes

Since March, Vice President Kamala Harris has been leading the Administration’s diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

She has worked with bilateral, multilateral, and private sector partners, as well as civil society leaders, to help people from the region find hope at home.  This complements work done throughout the U.S. government over the last six months to learn lessons from prior efforts and to consult with a wide range of stakeholders to inform the development of this strategy.

“In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep—and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States,” Harris said in a statement.

“For that reason, our nation must consistently engage with the region to address the hardships that cause people to leave Central America and come to our border,” she added.

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is releasing the Migration Strategy. It is the first U.S. government strategy focused on strengthening cooperative efforts to manage safe, orderly, and humane migration in North and Central America. In line with our Nation’s highest values, the Migration Strategy contributes to a humane and secure approach by improving regional cooperation to manage migration, expanding protection, and enhancing access to lawful pathways for migration.

It is driven by the U.S. government’s belief that all individuals should be able to find safety and achieve a stable and dignified life within their own countries. When that is not the case, asylum and other legal migration pathways should be available to those who need them.

The United States has strong national security, economic, and humanitarian interests in promoting safe, orderly, and humane migration. By enhancing humanitarian support, regional protections, and investing in migration management, the United States will help build a more stable region, strengthen legal pathways for those who must migrate, and reduce irregular migration.

The Migration Strategy includes the following lines of effort:

  • Stabilize populations with acute needs
  • Expand access to international protection
  • Expand access to protection in countries of origin
  • Improve and expand temporary labor programs in the region with worker protections
  • Assist and reintegrate returned persons
  • Foster secure and humane management of borders
  • Strengthen regional public messaging on migration
  • Expand access to lawful pathways for protection and opportunities to the United States

Implementation of the Migration Strategy will integrate various U.S. government tools, including diplomacy, foreign assistance, public messaging, and U.S. immigration initiatives. It will rely on the expertise of a wide range of U.S. departments and agencies, with support from governments in and outside the region, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, multilateral organizations, international financial institutions, and the U.S. Congress. These partnerships will bolster the impact of the Migration Strategy through informing programmatic interventions, leveraging political will, and mobilizing necessary resources.

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