The attorney for an immigration watchdog is praising Guatemala’s president for cooperating with the Trump administration over immigration.
Despite vocal opposition in the Central American country, the Trump administration has announced a “Safe Third Country” agreement thanks to its president, Jimmy Morales.
The agreement means that U.S.-bound migrants from El Salvador and Honduras with plans to make an asylum claim must do so in Guatemala instead, which would demonstrate an immigration victory for Trump.
OneNewsNow and other media outlets have reported that requesting “asilio” has become a standard tactic for illegal aliens since most illegals are granted a hearing, which takes years to occur, even though more than 80 percent are denied asylum due to the stringent requirements.
The standard talking point of open-borders Democrats, meanwhile, is that the U.S. should grant asylum to any migrant --- “illegal alien” is all but a forbidden description --- who arrives in the United States to escape poverty and violent crime in their home country.
Art Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies says President Morales supports cooperating with the U.S. but other “forces” in his country, including its federal court, have blocked the effort.
“So we're seeing a political situation play out in Guatemala,” he observes, “just like we're seeing one play out in the United States."
The agreement must be ratified by the Guatemalan Congress, too.
Guatemalans themselves accounted for 34 percent of Border Patrol arrests on the U.S.-Mexico border from October to June, more than any other nationality. Hondurans were second at 30 percent followed by Mexicans at 18 percent and Salvadorans at 10 percent.
“This is going to destabilize Guatemala,” Arthur says of the exodus. “Talk about losing a generation in that country.”
It appears, he adds, that President Morales recognizes the loss of his own citizens.