Biden Suspended “Safe Third Country” Agreements With El Salvador, Honduras And Guatemala

2021-02-07   |   by CusiGO

Joe Biden’s government has begun to end the so-called asylum cooperation agreements (ACAS) signed during Trump’s administration with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which allow the expulsion of asylum seekers to these countries. US Secretary of state Antony Blinken announced on Saturday that it was the first step in dismantling the reform of the asylum system made by the trump administration.

“According to the president’s vision, we have informed the governments of El Salvador, Guatemalan and Honduras that the United States is taking this action because we are working to establish a cooperative and mutually respectful approach to the management of immigrants in the region,” Buchanan said in a statement.

The ACA signed with three Central American countries in 2019 requires people seeking asylum in the United States to seek protection in one of the first countries. As part of the trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the United States, the agreements allow US authorities to expel asylum seekers back to countries where hundreds of thousands of people have fled.

According to the State Department, the agreements with El Salvador and Honduras have not yet been implemented, while the agreement with Guatemala has entered into force, but since March 2020, deportations under El Salvador and Honduras have stopped due to the epidemic. Prior to that, about 700 Hondurans and Salvadorans were expelled from the United States to Guatemala under the agreement, also known as the “safe third country.”

“These actions do not mean that the U.S. border is open,” Buchanan warned. However, the US Secretary of state explained that the new administration believed there was a “more appropriate way to work with these countries.”. In terms of immigration policy, President Biden this week expressed his willingness to address the “root causes” of Central American immigrants, believing that Trump’s efforts to build a separation wall at the border have little or no effect in practice, He ignored performance in the cause that led people to emigrate.