A panoramic view of the new Biden administration’s proposed changes to border and migration policies, and the challenges they face in the near term.
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.
Documents how the Guatemala “safe-third country” agreement is effectively denying Salvadorans and Hondurans a chance to seek asylum.
An overview of the Trump administration’s systematic dismantling of the right to seek asylum, and recommendations for how to restore it.
Based on fieldwork in Guatemala, researchers piece together what happened to 939 Salvadoran and Honduran asylum-seekers whom U.S. authorities sent to Guatemala between November 2019 and March 2020 under a “safe third country agreement.”
- 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.”
Coverage of what happens to migrants subject to the so-called “Asylum Cooperation Agreement,” which sends some Salvadoran and Honduran asylum-seekers directly to Guatemala.
WOLA experts discuss current challenges the region faces from ineffective migration policies and protection of migrant rights and what might be done to change the situation.
Democratic members of the Foreign Affairs Committee include some new information in a lengthy information request to the State Department about “Safe Third Country Agreements.” (link at foreignaffairs.house.gov)
Explains the various policies, rule changes, and programs that the Trump administration has used to eliminate the legal right to seek asylum at the border.
- 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.