Honduran foreign minister to visit Valley amid immigration crisis

Mireya Aguero de Corrales // Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de Honduras Photo

The foreign minister of Honduras is scheduled to speak in McAllen about steps that country has taken to stem the flow of unaccompanied child immigrants to the United States.

Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales was expected to meet with U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and representatives of the U.S. State Department Tuesday to discuss the current state of illegal immigration.

From October to July, 63,000 unaccompanied children were arrested after entering the U.S. illegally, double the number from the same period a year earlier.

Another 63,000 families -- mothers or fathers with young children -- were arrested during that period.

Those arrests have slowed, however. Arrests of children traveling alone and children and parents traveling together dropped by about half in July from the previous month.