President Biden released executive orders creating a task force on family separation and calling for a review, with intent to end, “safe third-country” agreements, Title 42, the Remain in Mexico program, and other Trump policies restricting migration. The administration has not yet committed to ending these policies. One order calls for a new policy framework to address migration’s root causes in Central America.
- Refugees International releases a report on the lack of protections under the U.S.-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) both in general and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The report asserts that Guatemala does not meet the standard required in U.S. law for a “safe third country.”
- The Guatemalan government reports that, as of January 31, the U.S. government has sent to Guatemala 368 Salvadoran and Honduran asylum-seekers, with the expectation that they petition for asylum in Guatemala’s system. This is a result of the “Asylum Cooperative Agreement” the Trump administration signed with Guatemala in July 2019.