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Guatemalan President Says U.S. Cannot Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

HeadlineJan 09, 2020

In immigration news, outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales says his government has not agreed to receive Mexicans who wish to seek asylum in the United States. Under a bilateral agreement, the United States can send Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala to instead seek asylum there. But the Trump administration now says it wants to extend this plan to Mexican asylum seekers, as well, sparking pushback from Morales. His terms ends next week, and he says Trump will have to negotiate this idea with his successor, Alejandro Giammattei. Mexican asylum seekers are also speaking out against the Trump administration’s plan. These are two Mexican migrants, Rosario and Lizbeth, speaking from the border town of Tijuana.

Lizbeth: “I have never considered it. I’ve never been there, but I know it’s not a good option for us. Many from Guatemala flee, so I will never consider going there.”

Rosario: “Kids suffer, and it doesn’t make sense that they want to send us to a country where we also face danger. I don’t think so. Supposedly we’re seeking asylum for safety, and the fact that they want to send us to a country where they’re also fleeing violence is not fair.”

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