El Salvador was one of the 20 signatory countries of the Declaration of Los Angeles, a proposal with concrete actions to stop the growing illegal migration that occurs in the American continent and that daily endangers the lives of thousands of people.
The act in which the document was signed was presided over by US President Joe Biden at the closing of the IX Summit of the Americas, which has been held since last Wednesday in the city of Los Angeles, California.
“We need to stop the dangerous and illegal ways that people are migrating. Illegal migration is not acceptable, and we are going to secure our borders,” said Biden, who emphasized that migrations not only occur to the United States but also that countries like Colombia are receiving millions of Venezuelan migrants. The US president also gave Costa Rica as an example, saying that migrants represent 10% of its population.
In his speech, President Biden committed to increase its quota of refugees from the Americas to 20,000 for the years 2023 and 2024with special priority to those from Haiti, as well as to continue accepting temporary non-agricultural workers from Central America and to prevent “abuses” in their hiring.
For their part, the rest of the countries promised to expand the opportunities to migrate legally and to work on opening up opportunities and local conditions to ensure that their people choose to stay in their countries of origin.
In this sense, the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, pointed out that “it is urgent to promote development opportunities in countries of origin, on the one hand, and on the other, promote actions to identify and dismantle the international mafias that control irregular migration.”
El Salvador was represented by Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, who in her speech highlighted the actions carried out by the Salvadoran government under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele to generate conditions of stability that allow reducing illegal migration to the United States, especially.
The Salvadoran foreign minister was also critical of the role currently being played by multilateral organizations in the hemisphere and proposed that they be refounded. “They must be refounded or they will be doomed to lose all legitimacy or, in the worst case, to disappear completely.”