Guatemala Outlines Actions Linked to Economic Prosperity to Stop Irregular Migration

The subject was presented during the meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas.

by Gerardo Rafael

Guatemala City, by AGN – Brenda Larios.- One of the topics discussed by the President Alejandro Giammattei during his meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, was to promote actions to generate employment through economic prosperity.

This was informed by the Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency, Kevin López, during a press conference at Palacio Nacional de Cultura.

“The problem of migration has structural causes, which the president has been combating since the beginning of his administration. One of the most important programs is the construction of walls of prosperity, since it is crucial to generate employment in the country.” According to the secretary of social communication.

He emphasized that one of the indicators of irregular migration is the lack of opportunities, which are exposed in this strategy promoted by Guatemala.

What are the Walls of Prosperity?

This strategy driven by the government of President Giammattei seeks to promote programs that generate employment, health, education and security for Guatemalans to prevent them from traveling illegally to other countries.

It also includes investment in the border zone with Mexico, covering areas such as Huehuetenango, San Marcos and Quiche, and on the Mexican side of the state of Chiapas and a portion of Tabasco.

This program is known in several countries around the world, such as Mexico, the United States, Spain and Andorra.

Support for Fellow Countrymen

During this meeting, it was informed that the United States will support at least 180 thousand Guatemalan immigrants, through American organizations.

“It was mentioned that in the United States there is a fund that was assigned to the Department of Homeland Security. This is to help people who are eligible to become U.S. citizens to obtain this immigration regularization with the assistance of non-profit organizations.” He added

This program has a budget of approximately US$20 million dollars. The program will include English and Civic Education programs for those who meet the requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office.

In response, President Giammattei made available the consular network of Guatemala, to inform eligible Guatemalan citizens residing in that country.


Security and the fight against drug traffic was another of the subjects addressed during the presidential trip.

“Secretary Mayorkas reiterated the importance of continuing to work with Guatemala’s justice sector. This is due to the successful collaboration and the positive results that have been achieved.” He said.

In this sense, he emphasized the achievements obtained by Guatemala with the capture and extradition of at least 80 people. This is based on the records from January to June of this year.

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