VOA NEWS/State Department – The U.S. has announced plans to expand its refugee admissions program, with a goal of providing more assistance to Central Americans.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced the expansion, on Wednesday, as he outlined U.S. foreign policy goals for the year.
In a speech at National Defense University, Kerry said the new provisions would offer legal and safe alternatives to people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Many people from these countries, said Kerry, had been “tempted” to begin dangerous journeys that made them “easy prey” for human smugglers and traffickers.
“The refugee crisis is not just a Syrian problem, nor a Middle Eastern problem, nor a European or African problem,” said Kerry. It is a “global challenge of historic proportions and dimensions,” he said. READ MORE OF THIS STORY