Latin American and Caribbean leaders, meeting in the Dominican Republic, have slammed Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies and border wall project.
Most of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States are from Latin America.
The CELAC summit heard calls for the US President to respect migrants’ human rights.
“The solution to stopping migration isn’t walls or borders,” argued Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.
“It’s solidarity, humanity and the creation of peace and well-being for everyone in the world. So long as a just distribution of wealth is not met, the world’s social problems will not be resolved.”
President Raul Castro said Cuba hoped to continue normalising relations with the US but
stressed it would not make concessions affecting its sovereignty.
“Cuba and the United States can cooperate and live side by side in a civilised manner, respecting our differences and promoting all that is of benefit for both countries and people,” Castro said in his government’s first remarks since Trump took office on Friday.
“But it should not hope that to achieve this, Cuba will make concessions inherent to its independence and sovereignty.”
Under Barack Obama, the US and its former Cold War foe restored diplomatic ties and signed cooperation accords.
But before taking office, Trump threatened to torpedo the detente with Cuba, demanding that what he called ‘a better deal’ be made.
If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016