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Having the support of Guatemala, Ecuador, the U.S., Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic governments, this group is open to all countries in the region.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced an international action group to combat human trafficking networks. The announcement comes as part of the investigation on the recent tragedy in Chiapas where 55 migrants died after a truck had crashed on the highway.
Guatemala's Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo supported a tightening on penalties for human trafficking. He invited North American countries to hold a high-level meeting to harmonize migration policies.
On Thursday, a truck accident on the Chiapa de Corzo-Tuxtla Gutierrez highway took the lives of 55 migrants and left more than a hundred injured.
"It has not been possible to address the causes of the migratory phenomenon...These misfortunes and pain have to serve to raise awareness and address the underlying problems," Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said.