High Priority Issues For Southcom And Partner Nations

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High priority issues for SOUTHCOM and partner nations can differ despite their long history of working together. For SOUTHCOM, a heavy focus is on ensuring that the limited funds made available are used wisely. In contrast, the partner nations would like to see: (1) the establishment of regional impunity commissions with the highest priority nations being in El Salvador and Honduras, where everyone is charged with crimes and those found guilty could be held accountable regardless of their political affiliation; (2) the reformation of political institutions to increase governability due to corrupt executive, judicial, and legislative branches that are driving armed non-state actors to gain territorial control away from each nation-state…show more content…
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Operation CITADEL, which targeted the smuggling of migrants from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America into the United States. As a result of the operation, large scale criminal networks were dismantled and unaccompanied children were rescued. (3) In concert with our law enforcement, intelligence community, diplomatic, and regional partners, the focus is on countering transnational organized crime (CTOC); (4) Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) at forefront of effort to combat the illicit drug trade and to illuminate the networks engaged in this nefarious activity disrupting three times the amount of cocaine seized at or within U.S. borders; (5) In response to the insecurity that drove last year’s unaccompanied children crisis, capacity-building efforts in the Northern Tier of Central America became high priority; (6) through equipment support, infrastructure projects, counterdrug training, and aggressive information sharing, there has been significant improvement in improving partners’ maritime interdiction and border security capabilities; (7) Marine component deployed a Special-Purpose Marine, Air, Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) to help partner nations extend state presence and security in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize. Working alongside Honduran military and government officials,
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