CHC Sends Letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken on the Los Angeles Declaration of Migration and Protection

May 31, 2022
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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

 

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CHC Sends Letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken on the Los Angeles Declaration of Migration and Protection

Washington, D.C. –Today, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken requesting that clear language on the protection of vulnerable migrants be included in the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection. In the letter, CHC Members recognize the Summit of the Americas and this important agreement as an opportunity for the United States to establish clear humanitarian principles to adequately protect and support those fleeing violence and persecution.  

“As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), I strongly urge President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken to include CHC priority humanitarian principles in the Los Angeles Declaration of Migration and Protection. It is critical that we secure commitments from leaders of the Western Hemisphere to protect the safety and human dignity of vulnerable populations migrating across the Americas, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, LGBTQI+, and those with chronic disabilities and illnesses,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz.

“The Summit of the Americas provides a key opportunity for the United States to lead on establishing a regionally coordinated effort to address rising levels of migration. I urge President Biden and Secretary Blinken to include key human rights and protections for vulnerable migrants in the Los Angeles Declaration of Migration and Protection, including commitments by signing countries to provide equal access to legal representation and healthcare, address threats migrants face during transit, and increase humanitarian support. We must create a more humane regional approach to migration that recognizes the importance of addressing both the root causes of migration and the immediate needs of migrants,” said Congressman Castro.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under met with the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories