Diplomats Disagree with Border Fences

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Latin American diplomats are teaming up to lobby Washington against a tough immigration plan.

The plan would include a large wall along the Mexico-US border to keep out illegal immigrants. Foreign ministers from eleven Latin American countries gathered in the coastal Colombian city of Cartagena.

There, they discussed ways of defeating a bill making its way through the US Congress that would make it harder for undocumented immigrants to get jobs. It also would authorize construction of a fence along parts of the two-thousand-mile border with Mexico.

Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco said migrant-receiving countries such as the United States are overlooking the major benefits of migrant workers.