Consulates from the northern triangle of Central America celebrated its first year as a group dubbed Tricamex. The group works with local agencies to help aid immigrants crossing into the United States with various resources. 

With the huge increase in the numbers of migrants crossing into the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley, a unique partnership started a year ago that continues to strengthen. The consulates of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in the McAllen area are all part of a group called Tricamex.

“This is basically a group for us that helps us unite and make sure that we are synced with everything that is happening in the valley,” said El Salvador McAllen Consulate Nancy Guevara.

By joining forces, Tricamex works to provide assistance to immigrants fleeing from their countries, and provide them with humanitarian aid, health care, and other resources while working with federal agencies such as the Border Patrol.

“Like sickness or pregnant woman who arrive we help transport them to the hospital or assist with newborns and also transport from the hospital to the center,” said Honduras Consulate Ana Bulnes. “All this humanitarian assistance is what we are here to help, and together everything is better.”

“We have proposed reunions with Border Patrol that’s been one of the most beneficial because have come to agreements on very important topics,” added Guatemala Consulate Cristy Andino. 

Guevara added, “We have constant and permanent presence in border patrol stations in immigration detention centers.”

Over the past two years, immigration advocates as well as Border Patrol officials have seen an increase in the amount of unaccompanied children coming across the border from Central America and Mexico. This is now a high priority for the consulates as well as working to try and reunite families with lost loved ones.

“An initiative called the missing migrant initiative we do a lot of meetings around missing migrant initiatives for this, this topic is a very important one,” said Guevara.

“One of the major problems is the topic on those who have gone missing the people who cross and it is unknown where they are or they possibly never crossed,” added Bulnes.

While the majority of those who cross do not stay in the valley, the consulates make sure they get assistance wherever their final destination may be. All of the consulates agreed that they do not see a short term solution to the problem.