Washington—House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX), along with Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade Chairman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Francis Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the need for an immediate and clean extension of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) which expires in January 2020:
“Endemic corruption in the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador continues to be a key driver of migration to the United States. That is why we strongly support international efforts to address corruption and impunity in the region.
“For more than three years, the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras has worked with the Honduran government to fight corruption. But much work remains to be done. MACCIH expires next month, and we urge the Honduran government to issue an immediate and clean extension of its mandate. The clock is ticking, and the citizens of Honduras deserve continued support to strengthen the rule of law and ensure accountability for corrupt actors.”
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