June 10, 2022

Statement from Congressman Castro on the Los Angeles Declaration of Migration and Protection

LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, issued the following statement on the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, which was released today during the 2022 Summit of the Americas:

"The United States and our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere face shared migration challenges that deserve a unified and consistent response that respects the fundamental rights of migrants,” said Congressman Castro. “While this agreement is a good start, I believe it could have done more, including on securing protections for migrant families and children as I have pushed for. As the United States calls on our neighbors to do their part in managing this Hemispheric challenge, we must also lead by example by providing a pathway to citizenship for essential workers, expanding Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Nicaraguans in the United States, and complying with international law by ending Title 42."

In a letter sent last week with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Castro asked President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken to prioritize the inclusion of clear language on the protection of vulnerable migrants in the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection.