Trump May Impose ‘Travel Ban’ On Guatemalans After Asylum Deal Fell Through


President Trump has been negotiating hard with our Central American neighbors over our of control asylum claims.

Look, when people are just looking for better economic opportunity that actually hurts those who are truly seeking asylum from persecution.

That is what the left does not get. Trump is trying to stop the flow using multiple strategies, the most promising was to get Guatemala to accept asylum seekers first.

It seemed like a done deal but the courts in Guatemala, which are not as independent as in our country, blocked the move. So Trump may impose a travel ban.

From NPR:

In a move reminiscent of the pressure campaign President Trump launched against Mexico over immigration, the travel ban is the most explosive option of three that the administration says it’s considering against the Central American nation, according to White House and other U.S. sources familiar with the plans. Trump charged Guatemala with backing out on an immigration deal with the United States.

“If Guatemala doesn’t take significant action to help protect our borders, then we will, of course, look at all manner of solutions to the serious crisis we face,” a White House official told NPR, “whether it’s a travel ban, significant actions on remittances and/or tariffs.”

The White House is looking at the authority already granted to the executive branch to suspend the entry of classes of people when it’s considered detrimental to national interests.

Trump said Wednesday that the United States was planning to take “severe” action against the government of Guatemala after, he said, they broke a deal with the United States to serve as a safe third party country.

One of Trump’s strategies for reducing the number of people crossing the border is to get them to go through the asylum process outside of the United States. Guatemala was particularly important for that strategy: the deal would have obligated migrants who traveled through Guatemala to seek protection there instead of traveling to the U.S.

This month, Guatemala’s high court blocked its government from signing the deal with the United States. Trump said he didn’t believe that the court acted independently of the Guatemalan government and that the United States would take action.