Trump Hints at Guatemala Migrant Deal, Cuts Aid to Central America Over Migrants

Posted on June 18, 2019 1:53 am

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U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Monday that Guatemala was “getting ready to sign” an agreement that would force migrants who flee persecution in El Salvador and Honduras to request asylum in Guatemala instead of Mexico or the United States.

A U.S. State Department delegation traveled to Guatemala last week to seek approval for the “safe third country” protocol, which if signed would be the first such agreement between the United States and a Latin American country.  

There has been no public indication from Guatemala that the deal was close to completion.

Trump’s comment came in a late-night series of tweets in which