Honduran President Juan Hernandez has blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and driving a surge of migration to the United States, according to an interview published today.
Hernandez, who took office in January after winning on a pledge to be tough on crime, said only a drop in violence would curb the wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America.
A surge in minors leaving Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have overwhelmed temporary detention facilities on the U.S. border.
'Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade,' Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior.
'The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs. Then Mexico did it.'