Guatemala Avoids Trump Threat of Sanctions With New Migration Deal
U.S. President Donald Trump said he agreed to drop the threat of economic sanctions against Guatemala after the country agreed to apply new migration measures to citizens from Honduras and El Salvador, Friday, July 26.
The Trump administration has grappled with a surge of mainly Central American migrants claiming asylum at the United States’ southern border with Mexico, an influx that has made it difficult for Trump to restrict immigration as he promised when he was elected.
Trump had wanted Guatemala to sign what is known as a safe third country agreement to require asylum-seekers to first pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on the way to the United States. (Reuters)