Guatemala drops reluctance reported yesterday, reaches ‘3rd country’ asylum agreement

Guatemala drops reluctance reported yesterday, reaches ‘3rd country’ asylum agreement
DHS Acting Sec Kevin McAleenan signs agreement with Enrique Antonio Degenhart of Guatemala (Minister of Interior and Home Affairs), 27 May 2019. Univision Noticias, YouTube

[Ed. – Once again, a forceful response from Trump gets results. It was also only yesterday the media reported Trump was eyeing a travel ban for Guatemala.]

President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration has reached an agreement with Guatemala to restrict asylum application to the United States from nations south of the U.S. border.

“The so-called ‘safe third country’ agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border,” The Associated Press reported. “It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system and hand Trump a concession he could herald as a win.”

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