The Honduran National Police arrested one of their agents on Thursday for illegally transferring 9 irregular migrants from Cuba in a van, whose final destination was the United States.
The arrest was carried out in the sector of Pavane, Choluteca department, bordering Nicaragua, in a police operation, the security institution said in a statement.
When conducting an inspection of the vehicle, the authorities located the 9 Caribbean and they arrested the police, whose name was not disclosed, he added.
The agent, assigned to the National Directorate of Special Forces and who was on the rest day, was captured for investigation for the crime of “illicit trafficking in persons linked to the irregular passage of nine citizens of origin Cuban“added the security agency.
The security forces seized the agent his National Police badge, a regulation weapon, a van and a cell phone.
The migrants were taken to an office of the National Institute of Migration, where the authorities will decide whether to return them to their country of origin or to grant them a permit to cross national territory.
They were all retained because their status migratory It was illegal in the country, which in recent years has become a transit point for thousands of people crossing Central America to try to reach the United States.
More than 31,000 irregular immigrants, mostly Cubans, were detained in Honduras in 2019 for entering illegally, some of them with the intention of reaching the United States.
Honduras has become in recent years a transit point for migrants, especially from Cubans and Africans, who cross Central American countries to reach the United States.
The Honduran government signed in 2019 an agreement with the United States that seeks to stop irregular migration from Central America.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) At the end of last month, it released the cooperation agreement to examine the protection claims signed with Honduras, by which both governments agreed to send asylum seekers to that country to the US authorities and which entered into force on April 29.
The agreement delegates to Honduras the responsibility of examining, in accordance with its protection determination system, the asylum application of any person who has made that request upon arriving at a port of entry or crossing the border between points of entry to United States.
This power takes effect “on or after the date of entry into force of the document”.
USA You must previously determine the claims in the case of unaccompanied minors, people who have entered this country with a visa or other valid document issued by the United States authorities and that is not of transit or when it comes to subjects who do not have been required to obtain a visa in the country. EFE