President Donald Trump has announced on 06/26/2019 that Guatemala has agreed to sign a “safe third country asylum agreement” as part of Donald Trump’s strategy to reduce the flow of migrants to the United States.
Trump has made the announcement before the minister Enrique Degenhart of Guatemala has signed the agreement according to the reports.
He said “a very important” signing. It’s going to be great for the United States and for them. Trump said, integrating this agreement “will usher in a new era & investment opportunities and growth of Guatemala.”
Within the Guatemala agreement, Trump included potential tariffs on goods of the country, Taxes on remittances and travel ban on Guatemalan nationals to the United States.
According to the agreement, is migrants traveling through Guatemala form different countries such as El Salvador and Honduras, they would have to claim asylum in Guatemala instead of United States, Key component of Trump’s strategy was to get Guatemala to sign the agreement for reducing the illegal migration to the United States.
Beginning of this month, Guatemala’s government blocked the signing of Trump’s deal through their supreme court.
But the high-level leaders and businessman have pressured the Guatemalan government and President Jimmy Morales to make the deal with Trump. The United States is Guatemala’s top trading source and a partner, and tariffs on Guatemalan goods coming into the United States could devastate their county.
According to Trump, another component of this deal will make it easier for Guatemalans to come to the United States legally as farm workers. He also added, other countries would soon be signing the same type of asylum agreements with the United States.
Erick Schwards, Internationa President of Refugees said Guatemala is in no way safe for refugees and asylum seekers. He added that agreement violates the United States law and will put some of the most important people in Central America in high-level danger. During this moment, it’s not clear what arrangement has reached a light of Guatemala’s Constitutional Count’s decision against the third country agreement.