WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Friday signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador that could force Central American migrants transiting through El Salvador to shelter in the violent and dangerous country rather than the United States. At the end of the 72 hours, takers who did not wish to stay in Guatemala generally returned to their country of origin or emigrated to another country. Although refugees International researchers have remained in contact with two ACA takers who have returned to their home countries, El Salvador, and the other who have travelled to Mexico, there is no general monitoring of those who have returned to their country of origin without assistance. She told the AP that details needed to be worked out, including border security, asylum procedures and possible U.S. assistance. It stated that the agreement was a starting point and that they expected negotiations on possible aid to continue. “Of course, the goal of such an approach is to keep asylum seekers away,” Musalo said. “The agreement on the security of third-country nationals is one way to do this. But this regulation is very effective as long as it is prepared to do so. A few weeks later, the United States signed similar agreements with Honduras and El Salvador. The hidden agreements are part of a broader strategy by which the Trump administration denies people the right to migration and asylum claims. By deporting asylum seekers to countries that do not come from and to places where they may be exposed to danger, the United States denies them protection and violates international refugee law, including Articles 13, 14 and 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
· Lift the five-year ban on entry into the United States for persons subject to an asylum cooperation agreement; The agreement could be a violation of U.S. refugee protection laws. Moreover, Guatemala cannot be considered a “safe third country” because of the lack of infrastructure to help large numbers of refugees. The United States has confirmed its intention to send Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala, although the outgoing Guatemalan government refuses to accept Mexican asylum seekers. The agreements would effectively prevent migrants from sheltering at the southern border of the United States – and would continue to endanger the lives of thousands of people fleeing violence and poverty in the Rule Triangle region (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) and other countries. Safe Third Country Agreements should never be a way to shift the burden of taking asylum seekers into other countries, but that seems to be the way Trump is trying to use them.