‘No formal declarations’: White House dances around Northern Triangle migrant agreements

The extent of the Biden administration’s success convincing Northern Triangle countries to curb migrant flows across their own borders is in question, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday acknowledging pacts with each nation announced recently are not “formal” agreements.

Psaki this week touted arrangements under which she said Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras would crack down on people leaving those countries or transiting through toward the U.S. southern border. But two days later, the administration’s Northern Triangle envoy testified before Congress that no such frameworks were in place.

“Whether or not it was a formal agreement, which it was not, and I never conveyed that it was, these
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