Sharing of apprehension data will allow better target programming in Central American communities most likely to attempt to illegally migrate to US
WASHINGTON —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, which will provide USAID with expanded CBP point-of-origin information from irregular migrants for the purposes of better targeting development initiatives to those communities with high rates of migration. Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez signed on behalf of CBP and Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean John D. Barsa signed on behalf of USAID.
“Our hope is that these statistics assist USAID in targeting development in Central America, especially as we work together to improve conditions in the region, mitigate drivers of irregular migration, and undermine the false promises used by the transnational criminal groups and smugglers to deceive individuals,” said Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez.
The data, including non-personally identifiable information on citizenship, place of birth, age, sex, and date of apprehension, will encompass aliens originating from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who have been apprehended after entering the United States illegally, and those aliens determined to be inadmissible. USAID will utilize this data to define and implement more targeted programs to deter people who are most likely to attempt illegal migration to the United States.