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Costa Rican President Criticizes US Immigration Proposals


Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco has criticized a proposal by U.S. lawmakers to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to halt illegal immigration.

President Pacheco told a Mexico City news conference Tuesday that he questioned the effectiveness of such a wall and suggested U.S. resources could be better used.

The Costan Rican president had been meeting with foreign ministers from several other Central American nations this week to discuss regional immigration issues.

The group issued a statement expressing concern over draft legislation in the U.S. Congress that includes punishing illegal immigrants.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure calling for the construction of security fencing along the southern U.S. border with Mexico in an effort to curb illegal border-crossing. The measure must still be considered by the U.S. Senate.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .