President Trump has long been concerned with the state of America’s immigration system, having anchored his 2016 campaign to the topic.
Throughout his time out on the trail, Trump floated numerous, varying ideas of just how best to address the issue. His favorite, the “big, beautiful wall” meant to funnel immigrants into legal ports of entry, has been stymied at ever turn by congressional democrats. They have convinced their constituents that a wall is somehow a symbol of racism, and that it should be “resisted” just like everything else about this president.
While campaigning, Trump introduced an idea that many felt absurd; have Mexico pay for his wall.
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It seemed wild, audacious, and maybe even a little rude, but Trump was convinced that other countries should be doing their part to keep their neighbors happy and safe. And while the wall is still moving along at a snail’s pace, President Trump has been effective in enticing both Mexico, and, now, Guatemala, to pitch in on their efforts.
The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala Friday that will restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America.
The so-called “safe third country” agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border. It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system, although many questions remain about how the agreement will be executed.
President Donald Trump heralded the concession as a win as he struggles to live up to his campaign promises on immigration.
“This is a very big day,” he said. “We have long been working with Guatemala and now we can do it the right way.”
He claimed, “This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business.”
While Guatemala shares no direct border with the United States, they were a major source of migrants who fled to the US in giant “caravans” that have overwhelmed our immigration system in recent years.
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