Central America

US, Central America discuss migrants, drugs and economic aid

U.S. and Central American officials found common ground Thursday on the benefits of economic development as a way to fight violence and drug trafficking and reduce illegal immigration.

At a conference on Central American security and economic issues, officials in the administration of President Donald Trump repeatedly said that strengthening the U.S. border and reducing the flow of migrants— key elements of Trump's agenda — depend on stabilizing a region that has been engulfed in drug-fueled violence in recent years. Leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala agreed.

Vice President Mike Pence noted the presence of 85,000 gang members in those three countries, which...