US Signs Deal To Deport Migrants To Honduras

US Signs Deal To Deport Migrants To Honduras. Many asylum seekers who reach the US border now face being returned to Central American countries. Honduras has signed a deal with the US to accepted migrants applying who passed through the country on the way to the United States southern border. Critics say its not safe for those fleeing violence and poverty to be deported to Honduras as it has been reported to be one of the country in the world with the highest murder rates. Similar deals has already been signed with Guatemala and El Salvador.

US Signs Deal To Deport Migrants To Honduras

United States has been trying to sign “safe third country” agreement that would allow it to send back asylum seekers who pass through countries on the wat to the US without seeking protection there.
The United State President Donald Trump has made curbing the numbers of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border a key priority. The bulk of those arriving at the border are from the three countries of Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle – Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Many have made long and perilous journeys in their attempt to start a new life in the US. Correspondents say all three agreements remain in a complex process of legal challenges and parliamentary ratification procedures.

What is the latest deal?

A senior US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told US media on Wednesday that the deal with Honduras would “allow migrants to seek protection as close to home as possible”.
Migration experts quoted by Honduran newspaper El Heraldo said that Cubans, Venezuelans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and some Africans pass through Honduras on their way to the US. Most migrants risk death in the jungle trying to reach the US.

The deal signed with the US could mean each year, 26,000 migrants will be hosted by Honduras pending their asylum applications, the newspaper estimated, with some applications taking years to process.

Immigrant rights groups argue that Honduras – one of the most violent countries which have the highest rates of murder in the world – should never be considered a safe place for asylum seekers, many of whom will be fleeing gang violence in their own countries.

It was also said that even if migrants plans to seek or apply for asylum in Honduras, the system there is so broken and understaffed that almost no application would receive the attention that is needed.

Adding to the country’s woes, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has been named as a co-conspirator on drug-smuggling charges in a case which has already seen his brother, Tony Hernández, formally charged in a US federal court. He denies any wrongdoing and says the claims are politically motivated.

What’s the background?

Similar criticism of Wednesday’s deal was made when El Salvador signed an agreement with the US on 20 September. A member of the humanitarian group the International Rescue Committee Meghan Lopez, accused the Trump administration of ;

attempting once more to turn its back on extremely vulnerable people, El Salvador is not safe for many of its own nationals,” she said at the time. “It is unrealistic to expect El Salvador to provide protection to asylum-seekers fleeing conditions comparable to those in El Salvador.”

Earlier this month, the US Supreme Court allowed the government to stop people who are arriving at the southern border from seeking protection if they failed to do so in a country they passed through en route.