WorldGuatemalan President-Elect Says Country Can’t Uphold Migration Deal with U.S.
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Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said Tuesday his country is not able to honor its side of an immigration deal with the U.S. as it is currently written.
Outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales inked a so-called safe third country agreement with the Trump administration in July, despite Guatemala's highest court blocking Morales from signing the pact without the consent of lawmakers.
The agreement would require some asylum-seekers to seek asylum in Guatemala before applying for protections in the U.S. It's part of an attempt by the Trump administration to curb the number of asylum-seekers appearing at the southern U.S. border.
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But Giammattei told a Mexican television network Tuesday he needs to analyze the agreement,to the Associated Press. He has that he hopes to modify the deal.
Critics of the deal say Guatemala – which struggles with poverty and violence – is woefully unequipped to handle the tens of thousands of migrants the policy would redirect to the country. Large numbers of Guatemalan migrants have appeared at the U.S. border to seek asylum.
Giammattei has said his country is not in a position to take in migrants. The situation, however, may be drastically different by the time Giammattei takes power in January. President Donald Trump has threatened Guatemala with tariffs and other consequences if it does not do more to stop the flow of migrants transiting from and through it to the U.S. border.
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