EDINBURG, Texas – In its efforts to further the objectives of prevention, location, identification and reunification, U. S. Border Patrol Missing Migrant Program (MMP) representatives from Rio Grande Valley and Laredo visited El Salvador on Wednesday, November 15th and Thursday, November 16th.
The intent was to formalize the information sharing process and establish best practices related to missing migrant reports between the U. S. Border Patrol and the government of El Salvador. In turn, this will streamline reporting mechanisms seeking a humane, efficient and prompt resolution. Similarly, this visit allowed El Salvadoran Government officials, MMP personnel and families of missing migrants to have a transparent, face-to-face engagement.
“As the MMP continues to consolidate and materialize humanitarian efforts through a force multiplying posture, Customs and Border Protection operations are diligently shaped and carefully executed,” said MMP Operations Officer Hugo Vega. “ The MMP concept has now been delivered to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, thus marking progress in the multilateral adoption and refinement of the program’s processes and protocols.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.