Contributor Post Created with Sketch. US & Guatemala Sign “Safe Third Country” Agreement to Curb False Claims of Asylum

 

President Trump oversaw a signing ceremony Friday in the Oval Office between Guatemala and the United States for a “safe third country” agreement on asylum seekers. The New York Post reports:

The “safe third country” agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the US to apply for protections in that country instead of at the southern border [of the United States]. … The two countries had been negotiating an agreement for months, and Trump threatened Wednesday to place tariffs on Guatemala if it didn’t cut a deal.

The agreement, signed by Guatemalan Minister of Interior and Home Affairs Enrique Degenhart and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, means that Guatemalans who want asylum in the United States must apply for asylum while still in Guatemala. In addition, foreign nationals who pass through Guatemala must seek asylum in Guatemala, not in the United States. This is significant because it is not possible to get to the United States by land from Central and South America without passing through Guatemala. Practically speaking, as I understand it, the agreement means that when U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehend aliens crossing the border illegally who then make claims of asylum, the aliens can be deported to Guatemala.

Last fiscal year (2018), CBP apprehended 116,808 illegal aliens from Guatemala, 77,128 illegal aliens from Honduras, and 31,636 illegal aliens from El Salvador. There were 404,142 apprehensions of illegal aliens in total (see page 34 of linked PDF).

Even the liberal PolitiFact had to admit last year that President Trump’s statement that there’d been a “a 1,700 percent increase in asylum claims over the last 10 years” was “mostly true” (i.e. true).

Also Friday, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision that had blocked President Trump from using $2.5 billion in military funds for building a wall along the southern border.

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  1. Manny Member

    This is a fine achievement. It’s a win win. 

    • #1
    • July 27, 2019, at 10:55 AM PDT
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  2. RufusRJones Member

    What on earth can we do about this situation other than deterrence?

    Even if ***we*** went all out to wipe out crime in those countries, they aren’t going to do a damn thing about anything else that is wrong there. 

    Is that wrong? 

    Burning up border control resources on low skill labor illegal immigrants can’t go on like this. Then throw in all of the other risks: Health, cartel power, welfare, court resources etc. 

    • #2
    • July 27, 2019, at 11:19 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  3. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    This only illustrates that President Trump is an unprecedented liar.

    He said during the campaign that I would get tired of all this winning. I am not getting tired of it. Not in the slightest. The President was clearly wrong about this.

    Quick, tell Politifact! Chalk up “lie” number 100,286!

    (I know, I know, the President only said “you may even get tired of winning,” but as I understand fact-checking, you are allowed to deliberately misinterpret what was stated in the course of demonstrating that it is a lie. I’m not sure if this rule applies only to the President, or to all Republicans.)

     

    • #3
    • July 27, 2019, at 11:21 AM PDT
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  4. Bob Thompson Member

    Max Ledoux: Practically speaking, as I understand it, the agreement means that when U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehend aliens crossing the border illegally who then make claims of asylum, the aliens can be deported to Guatemala.

    This puts Guatemala in a very strong position and role assisting the U.S. We should do everything reasonable to help Guatemala do this.

    • #4
    • July 27, 2019, at 11:36 AM PDT
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  5. danok1 Member

    Max Ledoux: Also Friday, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision that had blocked President Trump from using $2.5 billion in military funds for building a wall along the southern border.

    Minor quibble: SCOTUS stayed the lower court’s injunction that forbade the administration from using the funds. POTUS may use the funds while the case proceeds.

    I do think the administration will eventually prevail, but it hasn’t yet.

    • #5
    • July 27, 2019, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  6. Randy Webster Member

    danok1 (View Comment):
    Minor quibble: SCOTUS stayed the lower court’s injunction that forbade the administration from using the funds. POTUS may use the funds while the case proceeds.

    POTUS had better get a move on, then.

    • #6
    • July 28, 2019, at 3:21 AM PDT
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