President Trump reported Friday that a “milestone” asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up weight on its southern neighbors to stem the progression of migrants towards its border.
The White House said Guatemala would now be considered a “protected third nation,” implying that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to look for refuge there.
Be that as it may, the US Department of Homeland Security said the term did not show up in the content conceded to Friday, of which few details were initially known.
Trump said the arrangement will “provide safety to legitimate asylum seekers and stop asylum fraud” in the district.
“This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business,” the president said, referring to the “bad people” who have trafficked thousands of migrants through Mexico to the southern US border.
In another migration related triumph for Trump, the Supreme Court on Friday issued a decision enabling the president to continue with designs to occupy $2.5 billion in Pentagon assets toward construction of a border wall with Mexico.
“Big VICTORY on the Wall,” Trump tweeted after the ruling. “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”
The double triumphs come as the president gets ready for his second keep running at the White House in 2020. Ceasing illicit migration remains a key need for the Republican, who won the race in 2016 to some extent on his promise to build a border wall..
The asylum agreement with Guatemala comes days after Trump threatened tough retaliation against the little Central American nation in the event that it didn’t sign on to asylum deal, threatening a travel ban, tariffs, remittance fees or “the majority of the above mentioned.”
Friday’s understanding, marked in the Oval Office by Guatemala’s interior minister, Enrique Degenhart, and US Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, would apply to Salvadoran or Honduran vagrants going through Guatemala towards the United States, if not others.
Their asylum cases should now be documented in Guatemala, McAleenan said.
In the event that Central American migrants rather “make a journey all the way to the US border, they would be removable back to Guatemala if they want to seek asylum. The arrangement is required to be ready for action in August, McAleenan said.