The first of its kind, the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit, will address immigration struggles in the western hemisphere. Eleven countries (Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay) have been invited to attend the meeting on November 3rd in Washington, DC. President Biden will host the event. The invited countries are members of the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, which was originally launched to address concerns regarding economic development and immigration issues throughout the region. An administration official stated that the aim of the summit is to “drive more inclusive and sustainable economic growth and tackle the underlying economic drivers of irregular migration in our hemisphere.” It has not been publicly confirmed which of the invited countries will be attending the Americas Partnership Summit.
The summit follows an October 22 meeting of Latin American leaders who discussed the large flow of illegal immigration, primarily into the United States. Some Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including representatives from Venezuela and Cuba, attended to discuss the root causes of immigration, both legal and illegal.