US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Honduras on Saturday on the final leg of a tour of Central America.
Pelosi is traveling with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and possible solutions. The delegation has already visited Guatemala and El Salvador and still plans to visit migrant detention facilities in McAllen, Texas.
“The purpose of any of our congressional travel is always to promote security and regional stability,” Pelosi said. “In each of the countries we visited, we made the point that you could not have security unless you end corruption.”
Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said he and Pelosi discussed the 2016 murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres, and he stressed the importance of economic development plans for Central America.
The delegation also met with businessmen, activists and government and community leaders in Honduras.
The administration of President Donald Trump is trying to restrict applications for asylum in the United States by requiring Central American migrants to apply in Guatemala rather than at the U.S. border.