Very few who are undergoing this process stand much of chance of being accepted. But now the US State Department says that this measure could also apply to some Mexicans. The Mexican Foreign Ministry is criticizing that development. So far, it`s also steadfastly refused to become a so called third nation safe haven.
The Guatemalan Agreement was signed by then President Jimmy Morales. President Elect Alejandro Giammattei, who`s due to be inaugurated this month, says he`s going to thoroughly review that deal. This is likely to cause problems with the US. Nevertheless, Guatemalan Authorities insist that they simply don’t have the money or facilities to cope with wave after influx of asylum seeking migrants, who could be with them for quite some time. Honduras and El Salvador have also signed similar agreements.
Mexico itself faced possible sanctions, but significantly reduced undocumented migration by sending thousands of National Guard to its Southern and Northern Frontiers. Whereas caravan after caravan of migrants used to reach Mexico City and camp out in a soccer stadium before moving northwards, none now make it this far.
By James Blears – Vatican