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Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to increase troops Along borders in a deal with Biden

Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala will station more troops at their borders, though it's unclear what Biden gave them.

Updated: April 12, 2021 - 2:35pm

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Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala agreed Monday with the Biden administration to secure their respective borders in an attempt to stem the flow of immigration north into the U.S.

"We've secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala have all agreed to do this, said Tyler Moran, a member of the administration's Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council, according to CNN.

Moran said the administration plans to focus on the children who can make it to the United States and address the initial reasons people are migrating in the first place.

"If you just focus on our border, you're not addressing why people are actually coming to our border," he said. "The president has a blueprint, and he's working with the vice president on this."

It's unclear what the exact terms of the agreement the administration made. However, Reuters reported Friday that Biden was considering giving money to Central American nations to help with their economic problems in exchange for stemming the flow of immigration. 

"We’re looking at all of the productive options to address both the economic reasons people may be migrating, as well as the protection and security reasons," said Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator.“The one thing I can promise you is the U.S. government isn’t going to be handing out money or checks to people."

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol encountered 171,000 migrants in March at the border, including a record number of unaccompanied minors.

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