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08/19/2014

ICE, Honduras sign memorandum of cooperation

ICE, Honduras sign memorandum of cooperation
ICE, Honduras sign memorandum of cooperation
ICE, Honduras sign memorandum of cooperation

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Honduran National Police signed a memorandum of cooperation Tuesday to enhance their ability to share immigration and criminal history record information concerning Honduran nationals who are being repatriated from the United States.

The signing ceremony took place at the Honduran National Police headquarters in Tegucigalpa. ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Thomas Winkowski and Director General of the Honduran National Police Ramon Antonio Sabillion Pineda signed the memorandum.

"Today's signing is a reflection of the great bilateral relationship we have with the government of Honduras," said PDAS Winkowski. "Sharing criminal history information better equips both countries to protect its citizens."

Director General Sabillion Pineda said, "We share a common interest focused on the security and protection of our people. We will achieve this through the investigation, detention and prevention of illicit activities."

Through ICE's Office of International Affairs and the State Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has 67 attaché offices in 48 countries around the world. HSI special agents work closely with foreign law enforcement agencies and through a robust network of specialized, vetted units known as Transnational Criminal Investigative Units. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.