Former World Leader Barred From US Over Corruption Allegations

Former World Leader Barred From US Over Corruption Allegations

( – The Biden administration appears to be taking a more proactive approach to issues involving Latin America. For example, vice President Kamala Harris has been talking to leaders in Mexico and Central America to decrease the flood of migrants to the US from those regions. In addition, President Joe Biden directed State Department officials to look into increasing the number of staff members in America’s Cuban Embassy. Now, the administration appears prepared to take measures to prevent the spread of corruption.

On Tuesday, July 20, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced the decision to bar former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and his wife Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila from entering the United States. The ban also includes the couple’s two adult children and one minor child.

According to his press statement, Lobo Sosa accepted payoffs from Los Cachiro, a narco-trafficking group. Blinken’s statement also noted that former First Lady Rosa Lobo also engaged in “significant corruption” by misusing public funds and fraud. Honduran authorities recently released her from prison pending a new trial.

Blinken said the Biden administration is committed to fighting “corruption and disregard for the rule of law” in Honduras. He also warned the State Department would continue its efforts to enforce accountability for unlawful actions throughout the region and the world.

That being said, the operative question remains: Is keeping him and his family out critical for American security, or is it just another meaningless show of power to build up Biden’s image?

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