FILE PHOTO: Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales gestures after a gathering with appearing Secretary of U.S. Homeland Safety, Kevin McAleenan, unseen in Guatemala Metropolis, Guatemala Could 27, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala mentioned on Sunday it will postpone President Jimmy Morales’ go to to Washington to debate Guatemala’s potential designation as a ‘protected third nation’ for asylum seekers, stressing it had no plans to signal such an settlement.
In a press release, Guatemala mentioned the deliberate assembly between Morales and U.S. President Donald Trump this week had been postponed till the Guatemalan Constitutional Court docket had dominated on authorized challenges. Final week, 5 former senior officers appealed to the court docket to dam any settlement with america that may declare Guatemala a ‘protected third nation.’
Beneath such a deal, Guatemala could be obliged to supply asylum to migrants who entered its territory en path to america. Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador heading to the U.S.-Mexican border overland often cross into Mexico by way of Guatemala.
Over the previous week, opposition has mounted to such a designation for Guatemala, which might reshape migration within the area.
“The federal government of the republic reiterates that at no level it considers signing an settlement to transform Guatemala right into a protected third nation,” the Guatemalan authorities mentioned:
A senior U.S. official mentioned: “The assembly is being rescheduled.”
“America will proceed to work with the Authorities of Guatemala on concrete and fast steps that may be taken to handle the continued migration disaster,” the U.S. official added.
Reporting by Sofia Menchu and Howard Schneider; Writing by Julia Love and Mike Stone; Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien and Peter Cooney