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Central America: The Immigration Dilemma and Root Causes

AS/COA hosted top officials and experts Martha Bárcena, Ricardo Maduro, Kevin K. McAleenan, and Ricardo Zúniga for a discussion as migrant numbers spike to record levels.

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Overview

Cross-border migration to the United States from Central America continues to challenge governments to respond appropriately as migrant numbers spike to record levels. The Biden Administration has pledged a massive aid package to address the root causes of the regional crisis, from where a high-level U.S. delegation has just returned.

At the same time, a sustainable strategy that addresses all aspects of these complicated issues requires renewed emphasis on job creation in the formal sector, among other priorities. Ensuring that U.S. assistance is well-focused and effective therefore requires the active support of the private sector and coordination among relevant sectors and regional governments.

Panelists:

  • Ricardo Zúniga, U.S. Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, U.S. Department of State
  • Martha Bárcena, former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States @Martha_Barcena
  • Ricardo Maduro, former President of Honduras
  • Kevin K. McAleenan, former Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The program will be livestreamed on this page at the time of the event, as well as on Twitter and YouTube. No registration is required to watch the presentation.

Register to participate in the conversation by emailing: dcprograms@as-coa.org

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Speakers

Martha Bárcena
Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Martha Bárcena was born in Veracruz, on March 2nd, 1957. Married to Agustín Gutiérrez Canet (career diplomat), she has two daughters: Mercedes and Martha. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City), and in philosophy (Pontificia...

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Ricardo Maduro
Former President of Honduras

Ricardo Maduro is a former president of Honduras from 2002 to 2006 representing the National Party of Honduras (PNH). He was president of the Central Bank of Honduras and coordinator of the Economic Cabinet. He was elected as congressman to the Central American Parliament and...

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Kevin K. McAleenan
Former Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Kevin K. McAleenan was designated as the acting secretary of Homeland Security by President Trump on April 8, 2019. Before this appointment, he served as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2018. Previously...

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Ricardo Zúniga
U.S. Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, U.S. Department of State

Ricardo Zúniga, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is special envoy for the Northern Triangle. He leads U.S. diplomatic efforts, advises the secretary and acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinates closely with the...

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