The President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales seeks to Unblock US Migration Deal. The president has recently filed an appeal against a court ruling blocking a deal to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the US border. According to him, last week injunction could damage ties with the US. This was after the US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Guatemala goods. The migration deal between Guatemala and US would define Guatemala as a “safe third country”, and migrants en route to the US would have to apply for asylum in Guatemala.
President Of Guatemala Seeks To Unblock US Migration Deal
Guatemala and its southern neighbours, (El Salvador and Honduras), have all been struggling to curb the flow of people leaving for the United States. There was a case of a Salvadorean migrant who drowned alongside his daughter trying to cross the Rio Grande on the US-Mexican border. This is what prompted El Salvador’s president to say his country had to do more to fix the problems that is forcing people to leave.
In President Morales Tuesday appeal, he argued that the injunction by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court was unlawful. So many people in the Central American country are interested in damaging its stability, he said. It was not immediately class when the appeal would be considered.
President Donald Trump’s warning?
The President Donald Trump took to twitter to warn that he was considering a series of retaliatory measures which includes tariffs or remittance fees. By introducing new rules over who can claim asylum in the US, Trump administration has been seeking to curb migration from Central America. The measures unveiled last week says, migrants will be ineligible if they fail to apply for asylum in a country they pass through en route to the US. This exclude migrants who have been trafficked. According to the US President, there are loopholes in the asylum process which enables migrants from Central America and other places to illegally live in the US.
Currently, migrants are allowed to request asylum upon their arrival at the US-Mexico border regardless of the country they passed through to get there. Only migrants who have travelled through countries deemed to be “safe” face restrictions on their asylum claims in the US.
The State Of Illegal Immigration In US
Trump has focus his attention on immigration which he has made a top priority, calling the number of migrants at the southern border a national security crisis. Let’s see the numbers of undocumented immigrants already residing in the US
According to new reports of dangerous conditions where migrants detention facilities along the US-Mexico border has added fuel to the immigration debate. Democratic lawmakers have been touring the centres, describing conditions where migrants are reportedly forced to drink water out of toilets.
Congress passed a bill in June to send $4.6bn (£3.6bn) in order to discuss the ongoing crisis at the border amid growing outrage over the conditions of migrants. According to new analysis from the Pew Research Center, while the number of apprehensions at the border has been rising over the last two years, the number of u documented immigrants in the US is decreasing. Much of is is as a result of unauthorized Mexican immigrants. Many of whim are now relocating from the US.
However, claimants have the right to reside in the US until their case is dealt with. This process often takes years. Other attempts to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally have been challenged in court.
Under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, there is no obligation on refugees to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. Asylum seekers are protected against prosecution for illegal entry to a foreign country by Article 31 of the Convention.
However, President Donald Trump’s administration has taken the view that most newcomers from Central America are not genuine refugees but economic migrants.