The US started flying Mexican deportees deep into Mexico Thursday, and senior U.S. and Guatemalan officers said Mexicans looking for U.S. refuge might be sent to the Central American nation, in a renewed effort to cut border crossings.
The flight carrying Mexican deportees from Arizona landed in the central city of Guadalajara around noon. One immigration asylum in the city mentioned it had been informed of a likely inflow of deportees.
U.S. President Donald Trump has made suppressing voices of unlawful migration top precedence of his three-year-old term in office and his presidential re-election campaign.
Numbers of Central American immigrants apprehended at the border dropped sharply in the second half of 2019 after Mexico posted National Guard troops to stem the flow, under strain from Trump.
With some Central Americans at the border, U.S. attention has turned to Mexicans asking for asylum. Nearly 150,000 Mexican single adults were apprehended at the border in the fiscal year 2019, down from earlier decades but still sufficient to bother U.S. immigration radicals.
In another signal of the new deal with Mexicans, Appearing Deputy U.S. Division of Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli stated a settlement that lets U.S. immigration officers send asylum seekers to Guatemala to request refuge there instead might also apply to Mexicans and other communities.
His remarks were repeated by Guatemala’s Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, who said he had studied if Mexicans could be included in the scheme, which is similar to the “safe third nation” arrangement in Europe that outsources asylum to Turkey.
Degenhart stated the idea of including Mexicans had not been implemented to this point; however, it couldn’t be ruled out.