Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is visiting Guatemala to continue talks with the country’s top leaders after reaching a major agreement on U.S.-bound asylum-seekers.
McAleenan traveled to Guatemala City on Wednesday where he will speak with officials about the safe third country deal recently signed by both countries, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The acting DHS chief, who is set to return on Thursday, will also engage with local leaders on several other initiatives that aim to reduce the flow of illegal immigration.
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“Just arrived in Guatemala. Looking forward to working to expand the partnership between Guatemala and the U.S. to stem the flow of illegal migration and disrupt human smuggling and transnational criminal organizations,” McAleenan tweeted on Wednesday.
The Trump administration announced Friday that it had reached a safe third country agreement with Guatemala, which requires its government to accept and hold U.S. asylum-seekers from other Central American countries. For example, illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras that pass Guatemala on their way to the U.S. must instead remain in Guatemala. The plans are expected to be executed in August.
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The Trump administration has reached other deals with the Guatemalan government in the past regarding the illegal immigration crisis. The Memorandum of Cooperation signed in May called on Guatemala to better enforce its own borders and stem the flow of migrants that leave its country. However, until Friday, the tiny Central American country had resisted pressure from President Donald Trump to become a safe third country.
Nevertheless, questions remain over whether Guatemala will abide by its side of the agreement—or if it’s even capable of doing so.
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