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  • Children walk in single file between tents in a detention center next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, June 18, 2018.

    Children walk in single file between tents in a detention center next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, June 18, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 June 2018

The mission is due to visit the camps in the border city of McAllen, Texas, on July 2 and 3 to "verify the treatment of Honduran children."

Honduran authorities will travel to the United States next week to examine the plight of imprisoned immigrants and their children as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy on immigration.

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The mission is due to visit on July 2 and 3 the camps in the border city of McAllen, Texas, to "verify the treatment of Honduran children," according to a statement by the Honduran presidency.

The delegation will include First Lady Ana Garcia, Foreign Minister Maria Dolores Aguero, Honduran ambassador in the U.S. Marlon Tabora, human rights minister Karla Cueva, and the director of the National Migration Institute, Carolina Menjivar.

According to the Honduran Foreign Ministry, about 218 families and 235 Honduran children are currently being held under U.S. immigration policy.

In addition to visiting several detention centers, the delegation will also visit the Catholic Charities headquarters and the New Hope program, which is housing children and adults detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Many Hondurans have fled violence and instability in their home country, but Honduran authorities have urged citizens not to try to go to the United States due to the dangers of the journey and the hardline measures imposed by Washington.

The 'zero-tolerance' policy imposed by Trump's administration mandates that all adults who cross the border illegally must face legal proceedings, which resulted in several thousand children being separated from their parents and held in detention centers.

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