U.S. asylum Pact with Honduras would be a closure of the “Northern triangle” to migrants

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The trump administration announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with Honduras, which effectively prevents migrants from the trip through Central America to enter the United States.

The agreement, signed on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, includes a Central component of the President Trump’s strategy to deter asylum seekers from crossing into the U.S. through Mexico. A similar agreement was signed with El Salvador in the last week; a more comprehensive agreement was previously sealed with Guatemala. Most of the families of the arrested or stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border are from these three countries, known as the Northern triangle.


Trump told reporters that the agreements, coupled with a RAID by Mexico following collective threats, the will of his administration, “will make a huge difference in our southern border.” At a meeting with El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the Trump said that the contracts were “good for all of us.”

The details of the Honduran agreement were not published, and much is still unclear, even if it’s effect would last. Trump met on Wednesday with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in New York. The meeting was not open to the press.

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A joint statement Wednesday said the United States and Honduras would increase the development of best practices “to the protection options for the disadvantaged groups of the population.” He also said, “the coordination and cooperation between the governments of the United States and Honduras has a new, unprecedented level.”

While migrants were not returned to their home countries, they would be sent to other countries through which they moved. For example, Hondurans traveling through Guatemala to reach the US through the country. The agreement would probably have its greatest direct influence on the people of other nationalities, including many from Cuba and Africa that fly in the countries to the South of the Northern triangle, and bus trips in the United States, most often through Honduras and Guatemala.


U.S. immigration officials said in March that the US had reached a limit, a break, with tens of thousands of families with an immigrant background is exceeded. This led to massive overcrowding and reports of smelly and dirty conditions and prolonged detention of U.S. border installations, not meant to keep people longer than a few days. It is unclear whether the numbers will rise again as the desert weather cools.

In other efforts to tighten immigration restrictions, the Trump administration has to wait more than 42,000 people, largely of Central Americans in Mexico and cross the border for the hearing in U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court this month cleared the way for the administration to refuse asylum to anyone who has traveled to reach through another country to the border.

President Donald Trump meets with President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador on Wednesday on the sidelines of the U. N. General Assembly. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The asylum-ban has become effective, in tandem with the US to help efforts in impoverished, dangerous, and to absorb the corrupt Central American countries, large numbers of people took refuge there. The State Department confirmed the poor conditions in Honduras in the year 2018, the human rights report.

“Elements of organized crime, including local and transnational gangs and drug dealers, were significant perpetrators of violent crimes and commit murder, extortion, kidnapping, torture, human trafficking, intimidation and other threats and violence against human rights defenders, judicial authorities, lawyers, business people, journalists, bloggers, women, and members of disadvantaged groups of the population,” the report said.


He said that there were reports of “arbitrary and unlawful killings,” complaints of torture, arbitrary arrests and detention and “harsh and life threatening prison conditions.”

The Trump administration struck an agreement with Mexico in June to give the border a nation to reduce the 90 days, the flow of migrants from Central America into the United States, or otherwise a tariff on Mexican goods would be imposed in the United States. In September, the Mexican government has announced, with a 56-percent decline in more than three months in migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.

To absorb In a nod to the lack of a stable network of refugees, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Monday announced plans to build $47 million in development assistance for Guatemala, asylum system. It remains unclear what kind of support of El Salvador and Honduras can get.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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