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Gideon Long in Los Angeles

US president Joe Biden unveiled a “new approach to managing migration” in Latin America on Friday, but observers said the measures were only the start of what was needed to address one of the hemisphere’s most pressing problems.

Biden unveiled the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration at the end of a Summit of the Americas that was marred by acrimony over the US’s refusal to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

“With this declaration, we are transforming our approach to managing migration in the Americas,” said Biden, flanked by the other signatories. “Each of us is signing up to commitments that recognise the challenges we all share.”