Guatemala and Honduras have set up a task force to tackle crime gangs and migration as part of an attempt to reduce the number of people migrating north toward the United States.
Officials say the “Maya-Chorti” task force comprises elements from police, military, intelligence, and migration agencies and will be based at El Florido border crossing.
Guatemalan Foreign Secretary Carlos Raul Morales said Monday that the matter was discussed with the United States and mirrors a border security agreement the country has with Mexico.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Central American leaders in early March on ways to improve the lives of Central Americans and lower migration rates.
U.S. President Barack Obama has included $1 billion in aid for Central America in his budget request to Congress.