This week, Honduras and El Salvador, who both have epidemics of violence according to UN standards, are one step closer to receiving asylum seekers on their soil. The U.S. could send back asylum seekers to El Salvador to process their cases there and migrants crossing Honduras can start their U.S. asylum case in Honduras. This last agreement is similar to the one made with Guatemala.
Salvadoran and Honduran citizens are among those who have most fled their countries to request asylum abroad in 2018.
Parts of a city in Honduras are now under curfew because of the spike of murders and El Salvador, with a population of six million people, lived its own violent day on Friday and closed with 19 homicides. Human rights organizations claim these Central American countries cannot safely host refugees and process their cases.
Within Honduras and El Salvador, these immigration deals went nearly unnoticed in the media. However, these deals could have harsh consequences for nationals, asylum seekers, and for the countries themselves.
We’ll keep you updated on what happens next. Thanks for following Central American News.