Joe Biden’s administration has negotiated agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to strengthen security at their borders in an attempt to reduce the influx of migrants to the southern border of the United States, the White House said.
“The goal is to make this travel more difficult and make it difficult to cross borders,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. “We worked with them to strengthen border policing and prevent travel, which is dangerous and in which many die.”
Agreements have been reached in recent weeks, she said.
Psaki said Mexico would keep 10,000 troops on its southern border, which she said would double its daily crackdowns.
Guatemala will keep 1,500 troops and police on the border with Honduras and will establish 12 checkpoints along migrant routes.
As for Honduras, it “sent 7,000 police and military to disperse a large group of migrants,” she said.