Welcome back to another week of Central American News!
It’s been difficult to cover Central America as a region lately. Why? Because the news cycle keeps moving the pendulum towards U.S. migration policies and the horrors that happen to migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The latest news is about how the U.S. administration pressured Guatemala into signing a “Safe Third Country Agreement,” which essentially means that asylum seekers traveling through Guatemala would have to seek refuge there and not in the United States. Guatemala - a migrant-sending country itself - would have to process around 93,438 asylum applications each year
Borders are moving south. Almost two months ago, it was Mexico that had agreed to detain migrants traveling north to avoid a U.S.-imposed 5% tariffs on its exports. Since then, Mexico has detained 43,279 undocumented migrants - 88% more than before.
We will see whether this “Safe Third Country” agreement will actually come into force.
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The Central American News Team