Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Visits Guatemala, Honduras

Jul 15, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after returning from a trip to Central America. Diaz-Balart is a member of Speaker Boehner’s Unaccompanied Minors Working Group, chaired by Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX).

"This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Guatemala and Honduras, two countries in Central America from where an influx of the unaccompanied minors are entering the United States. The situation at the border is very concerning, as many children are crossing the border alone, risking their lives on a dangerous journey. It also shows another example of President Obama’s failed policies.”

“During the trip, we had the opportunity to meet with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez. We also had the opportunity to witness the work being doing in a community outreach center in Honduras that focuses on preventing children from migrating to the United States. These meetings and site visits were helpful as we continue to gather more information on the situation to make an assessment on how to best handle it.

“I am grateful to Chairwoman Granger for her leadership. I look forward to continue working with her and the rest of the working group to find the right solution to the humanitarian crisis on the border."