President Donald Trump negotiated with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales for his country to act as a “safe third country.” However, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the agreement be countersigned by its Congress, which would delay the implementation.
Faced with this provision, which is contrary to what was established by the Guatemalan leader, President Trump expressed himself through Twitter.
“Guatemala, which has been forming Caravans and sending large numbers of people, some with criminal records, to the United States, has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing the necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go. Now we’re looking at the “BAN,” Tariffs, Remittance Fees, or all of the above. Guatemala has not been good. Big U.S. taxpayer dollars going to them was cut off by me 9 months ago.”
On his part, the Guatemalan president insists that he will continue with the negotiation and presented a promise to do so.
Previously, the meeting scheduled for July 15 between President Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart Morales to discuss migration and security issues was rescheduled due to legal appeals filed in Guatemala to prevent Morales from signing an agreement that would turn Guatemala into a “safe third country” and receive thousands of migrants who want to come to the United States, the Guatemalan presidency reported on Sunday, July 14.
“The fact that the United States sees us as a safe country is extremely positive… That they consider that these methodologies can be implemented in Guatemala is a good thing,” said Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, according to local media.
The concept of “safe third country” is contained in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees signed in Switzerland in 1951. It refers to the situation that arises when a person leaves his or her country to seek asylum in another, which may or may not refuse to receive them, and may send them to a third country that provides security.
Currently, resources to serve illegal immigrants entering the United States are overwhelmed, resulting in a border crisis.
Currently, nearly 950,000 cases are being processed that face a waiting time of approximately 713 days or slightly less than two years, according to the Syracuse University Transactional Records Clearinghouse.