U.S. sends Guatemala first Honduran migrant underneath asylum deal

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FILE PHOTO: Central American migrants are seen outdoors their tents in an encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, on the finish of the Gateway Worldwide Bridge, the place migrants despatched again underneath the “Stay in Mexico” program, formally known as the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP), await their U.S. asylum hearings, September 14, 2019. Image taken September 14, 2019. Information/Henry Romero/

GUATEMALA CITY (Information) – The primary Honduran asylum-seeker arrived in Guatemala on Thursday from El Paso, Texas, underneath a controversial U.S. settlement that establishes Guatemala as a protected third nation to course of individuals fleeing persecution of their homelands.

Guatemalan Inside Minister Enrique Degenhart mentioned the Honduran man arrived on a flight from the USA earlier within the morning.

The Honduran was amongst Guatemalan deportees flown into the Central American nation on one in all 4 U.S. deportation flights scheduled on Thursday, Degenhart mentioned.

The brand new effort started after the administration of Republican President Donald Trump brokered an settlement with the Guatemalan authorities in July. The deal permits U.S. immigration officers to pressure migrants requesting asylum on the U.S.-Mexican border to use for asylum in Guatemala first.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Enhancing by Frank Jack Daniel and Lisa Shumaker