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Trump Administration Implements Plan to Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

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Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States could be sent to Guatemala under a bilateral agreement signed by the Central American nation last year, according to documents sent to U.S. asylum officers in recent days and seen by Reuters.

In a Jan. 4 email, field office staff at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) were told Mexican nationals will be included in the populations “amenable” to the agreement with Guatemala.

The agreement, brokered last July between the administration of Republican President Donald Trump and the outgoing Guatemalan government, allows U.S. immigration officials to force migrants requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border to apply for protection there.

Trump has made clamping down on unlawful migration a top priority of his presidency and a major theme of his 2020 re-election campaign. His administration penned similar deals with Honduras and El Salvador last year.

Democrats and pro-migrant groups have opposed the move and contend asylum seekers will face danger in Guatemala, where the murder rate is five times that of the United States, according to 2017 data compiled by the World Bank.

The country’s asylum office is tiny and thinly staffed and critics have argued it does not have the capacity to properly vet a significant increase in cases.

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei, who takes office this month, has said he will review the agreement.

Acting Deputy U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in a tweet in December that Mexicans were being considered for inclusion under the agreement.

USCIS referred questions to DHS, which referred to Cuccinelli’s tweet, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Unaccompanied minors cannot be sent to Guatemala under the agreement, which currently applies only to migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico who entered the United States after Nov. 19, 2019, according to the guidance documents.

Exceptions are made only if the migrants can establish that they are “more likely than not” to be persecuted or tortured in Guatemala based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Numbers of Central American migrants apprehended at the border fell sharply in the second part of 2019 after Mexico deployed National Guard troops to stem the flow, under pressure from Trump.

Overall, border arrests are expected to drop again in December for the seventh straight month, a Homeland Security official told Reuters last week, citing preliminary data.

The U.S. government says another reason for the reduction in border crossings is a separate program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, that has forced more than 56,000 non-Mexican migrants to wait in Mexico for their U.S. immigration court hearings.

With fewer Central Americans at the border, U.S. attention has turned to Mexicans crossing illegally or requesting asylum.

 

via thefederalistpapers

1 COMMENT

  1. Thank you President Trump. We have had enough of Obama and S0ro’s Democratic party bringing their “open society” here. Draining out resources, allowed to break our laws and kill innocent American people with impunity. Also now allowed to vote for the S0r0’s democrats to change our Great Nation into a third world sh!thole.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/10/texas-governor-greg-abbott-first-in-u-s-to-halt-refugee-flow-into-his-state/

    Good for you Govern Abbott. Time to stop the flow of Obama’s (wink, wink) refugees. Also let look at the Governors who think its a good idea to take more to put the full burden on their constituents.

    The Republican governors who have asked for more refugee resettlement include:

    Mike DeWine of Ohio
    Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas
    Kim Reynolds of Iowa
    Charlie Baker of Massachusetts
    Gary Herbert of Utah
    Doug Burgum of North Dakota
    Chris Sununu of New Hampshire
    Doug Ducey of Arizona
    Eric Holcomb of Indiana
    Bill Lee of Tennessee
    Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma
    Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
    Kristi Noem of South Dakota
    Jim Justice of West Virginia
    Mike Parson of Missouri
    Brad Little of Idaho
    Larry Hogan of Maryland
    Mike Dunleavy of Alaska
    Phil Scott of Vermont

    Yep as Judge Jeanine says in her book, Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, all rinos are are democrats in disguise. No backbone but sits on their hands for the Liberal Socialist agenda.

    Time to give Ice full rein and sweep this Country. If you are truly a legal immigrant you will have no problem showing you should be here. Heck, if I have to have 6 points showing I’m an American citizens in New Jersey just to renew my Driver’s license, you can PROVE you are here legally. The rest send packing and FINISH THE WALL. The Obama and Democratic illegal alien charity is OVER. Illegal aliens you want to complain, go see George S0r0s.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD HELP THE USA!

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