Report: Trump working on agreement that Guatemala will take asylum seekers

Report: Trump working on agreement that Guatemala will take asylum seekers
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[Ed. – Spread caveats all over this like your favorite ketchup (or condiment of choice).  I’m leery of these unnamed-official sources.  But if Trump baits this with U.S. monetary assistance, I could see Guatemala thinking it’s a good deal.  Meanwhile, the New Yorker article is depicting it in a negative light, which usually indicates the reason for the “leak” is that the permanent bureaucracy wants to get preemptively bad press going for it.]

Early next week, according to a D.H.S. official, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a major immigration deal, known as a safe-third-country agreement, with Guatemala. For weeks, there have been reports that negotiations were under way between the two countries, but, until now, none of the details were official. According to a draft of the agreement obtained by The New Yorker, asylum seekers from any country who either show up at U.S. ports of entry or are apprehended while crossing between ports of entry could be sent to seek asylum in Guatemala instead


Under this new arrangement, most of these migrants will no longer have a chance to make an asylum claim in the U.S. at all. “We’re talking about something much bigger than what the term ‘safe third country’ implies,” someone with knowledge of the deal told me. “We’re talking about a kind of transfer agreement where the U.S. can send any asylum seekers, not just Central Americans, to Guatemala.”

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