Guatemala President To Meet Trump, Discuss Calls To Stem Migrant Flow

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Guatemala President Jimmy Morales is due in Washington Monday to meet with President Trump. And multiple media outlets are reporting that he is poised to sign an agreement to try to stem the flow of migrants to the United States.

But as we previously reported, such an agreement is challenged by harsh conditions in Central America that people are determined to escape. And now, critics in Guatemala, are asking the country’s Constitutional Court to block any such deal.

The president asserted in June that Guatemala was preparing to sign a so-called Safe Third-Country Agreement. The deal would detain people leaving Honduras, El Salvador and other countries and allow them to seek asylum in Guatemala.

Guatemala has said an agreement has not yet been reached. And even if it is, a recent study by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project says one-in-four Guatemalans want to leave the country themselves – and, overwhelmingly, they hope to make it to the United States.

That’s because Guatemala is beset with challenges similar to those of Honduras or El Salvador: gang violence, corruption, poverty and limited economic opportunity. That raises questions as to whether migrants from elsewhere will want to stay there, asylum offers or not.

The Vanderbilt survey reveals that more than 45 percent of Guatemalan citizens say public safety is the gravest problem facing the country. That’s actually down from 53 percent in 2017. Yet increasing numbers – more than half the population – don’t feel secure in their own neighborhoods. A similar percentage of people worry over economic insecurity.

President Trump’s acting Homeland Security secretary, Kevin McAleenan, says Honduras and Guatemala have each lost one percent of their population in seven months alone from people leaving in hopes of reaching the U.S.

He said: “One department of Guatemala, Huehuetenango, has seen almost 35,000 …read more

Source:: Newsy Headlines


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