District of Columbia — Guatemala has reached an agreement with President Donald Trump and U.S. officials to restrict asylum applications from asylum seekers from Central America. The agreement is a victory for the Trump Administration, who have taken steps to restrict the number of asylum cases reaching the U.S. border.
The agreement requires migrants that pass through Guatemala on their journey to the United States to apply for asylum in Guatemala instead of when they reach the U.S.. Negotiations had been ongoing between the countries, with the President threatening tariffs in retaliation for Guatemala not cooperating.
In an Oval Office announcement, President Trump called the agreement amongst other things “end widespread abuse of the system and the crippling crisis on our border.” He also said that he has similar agreements in the works with other countries.