James Nealon, the U.S Ambassador to Honduras, said Thursday afternoon that the U.S is worried about the recent discovery of Syrian and Palestinian nationals falsely acquiring Honduran identification.
“We are following this case closely, we are in permanent talks with the government and the authorities here,” Nealon said. “Obviously any case like is worrying, we are worried in this regard and Hondurans look like they are worried as well, we are going to keep talking about this and see what happens,” the ambassador added, according to Departamento19.
It was reported last week that at least 100 Syrians and Palestinians had used a Honduran criminal network to get their names registered in Honduras’ national database. Then they would be able to obtain passports and other official documents. This would allow them to potentially go to the U.S embassy in Honduras and obtain a visitor visa to come to the U.S.
There has been a surge recently of illegal immigration stemming from Honduras as violence from drug wars continue to flourish in Central America.