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United States Signs Asylum Deal With Honduras

On Wednesday, the United States of America signed an Asylum Deal With Honduras. Report has it that Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and its president has been accused of running the country as a narco-state. The purpose of the asylum deal is to allow asylum-seekers being sent to the country – one of the most dangerous in the world.

United States Signs Asylum Deal With Honduras

The agreement focuses on beefing up Honduras’s capacity to take in asylum-seekers. It could result in the U.S. sending migrants from third countries who appear at the southern border to Honduras to seek asylum there instead, according to reports. The deal was signed by the two governments during the U.N. General Assembly in New York and is extremely similar to the deal the U.S. inked with El Salvador, Honduras’s neighbor, last week.

The highest rate of homicide in the world is reportedly in Honduras, and the country’s president Juan Orlando Hernández has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of running the country as a criminal enterprise engaged in the drug trade. Hernández is also named as a co-conspirator in a drug trafficking case that was filed in the Southern District of New York which centers on his brother.

According to government data, the high crime rate and I stability of the country have led to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Hondurans. Over 250,000 migrants have appeared at the United States border in the last 11 months after leaving Honduras.

The agreement is the last in a trio of deals the United States was hoping to sign with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – a group known as the Northern Triangle – before Oct. 1. In July, the U.S. finalized an agreement with Guatemala.

The deals are a part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to significantly curb the number of migrants coming to the U.S. border requesting asylum. Critics have panned the agreements, noting the three countries’ barely established asylum systems and high levels of poverty and crime that are causing their own citizens to flee: This year, migrants from the Northern Triangle countries have appeared at the U.S. border in numbers not seen for more than a decade.

Neither the Guatemala nor the El Salvador deal has been implemented yet, and it’s unclear when or how that will happen. The government likewise did not give a timeline for the implementation of the agreement with Honduras.

The Department of Homeland Security billed the deal with Honduras as a way to “control irregular migration” and “increase protection options for vulnerable populations.”