The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala Friday that will restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America. The so-called “safe third country” agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border. It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system, although many questions remain about how the agreement will be executed. President Donald Trump heralded the concession as a win as he struggles to live up to his campaign promises on immigration. “This is a very big day,” Donald Trump said. “We have long been working with Guatemala and now we can do it the right way.” He claimed, “This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business.” The announcement comes after a court in California blocked Trump’s most restrictive asylum effort to date, one that would effectively end protections at the southern border. The two countries had been negotiating such an agreement for months, and Trump threatened Wednesday to place tariffs or other consequences on Guatemala if it didn’t reach a deal. “We’ll either do tariffs or we’ll do something. We’re looking at something very severe with respect to Guatemala,” Trump had said. On Friday, Trump praised the Guatemalan government, saying now it has “a friend in the United States, instead of an enemy in the United States.” Trump added Friday that the agreement would protect “the rights
More than a thousand Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan police cordon on the border with Mexico Sunday as they attempted to join a larger caravan of compatriots heading towards the United States, police and rights groups said.
Mexican authorities reiterated on Sunday that Honduran migrants would be allowed to enter as refugees.