The US terminated a Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala, which resulted in hundreds of deportations

President Joe Biden continues to end the legacy of former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration terminated the Safe Third Coun...

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  • President Joe Biden continues to end the legacy of former President Donald Trump.
  • The Biden administration terminated the Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala.
  • The Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala, which has now ended, had led to hundreds of deportations, including more than 300 children.

The government of President Joe Biden ended the safe third country agreement with Guatemala, which resulted in hundreds of deportations during the last administration.

The news agency AP reported that the Guatemalan government announced this Friday that it received official notification from the United States government terminating the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement, with which it deported the Central American country to migrants from other nations to request asylum there.

“The government of Guatemala welcomes what was expressed by President Joe Biden regarding his government’s commitment to our country and the region, aimed at maintaining close collaboration and coordination to face together the challenges related to the causes of irregular migration. ”, Stated the Guatemalan government in a press release.

The Bilateral Agreement for Cooperation in Asylum Matters – known as the Safe Third Country Agreement – was signed in June 2019 between the government of Donald Trump and that of former Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, under total secrecy and with strong criticism from human rights organizations. humans.

According to the Migration Institute, from November 2019 to March 2020, 579 Hondurans and 360 Salvadorans were deported to Guatemala, including 357 children, of which the vast majority arrived and left the country immediately to their countries. originally.

Upon arrival in Guatemala, 57 people applied for asylum, but only 20 submitted the formal application, and so far none have been granted.

In March 2020, Guatemala unilaterally stopped the agreement due to the pandemic and stopped receiving migrants from other countries.

Úrsula Roldán, director of the Institute for Research and Projection on Global and Territorial Dynamics of the Rafael Landívar University, says that the agreements were always criticized because they were made illegally, both for the way they were negotiated and the way they were approved.

“What President Biden does is restore the asylum and refuge system; It is like having policies that have clarity and transparency on these issues, as well as clarity in political negotiations with countries on migration and refuge, ”said Roldán.

Third country agreement ended

He considered that signing the agreements was a form of blackmail of the Central American countries by the Trump administration, in order to ensure that one of his campaign promises was fulfilled, which was to control migration.

“In terms of Honduras and Guatemala, (the negotiation) was used to maintain impunity,” said Roldan, adding that this “was like closing our eyes to the corruption and impunity of these countries.”

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