A gathering between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales over a possible “secure third nation” settlement for asylum seekers has been canceled, Guatemala’s workplace of the presidency stated Sunday.
The presidency stated that the assembly can be rescheduled as a result of the Constitutional Courtroom has not but dominated on authorized appeals geared toward stopping Morales from acceding to Trump’s requests. The assembly had been set to happen Monday.
“Attributable to hypothesis and authorized proceedings admitted for processing to the Constitutional Courtroom, a call was made to reschedule the bilateral assembly till we all know what was resolved by stated court docket,” a press release stated. It added that different bilateral points within the public curiosity would proceed to be mentioned.
A “secure third nation” settlement would imply that Salvadorans, Hondurans and other people from elsewhere who cross into Guatemala must apply for asylum there as a substitute of doing so on the U.S. border — doubtlessly easing the immigration crush that the US is coping with and handing Trump a concession he may tout as a win.
Critics have stated that the Guatemalan authorities doesn’t have the assets to assist migrants and asylum seekers attempting to get to the U.S. when tens of hundreds of its personal residents have fled simply this yr.
U.S. officers stated that “secure third nation” is on the desk although not finalized, however the Guatemalan authorities stated it was not meaning to make such a deal within the first place.
The Constitutional Courtroom was scheduled to convene on Sunday to debate the authorized foundation for prohibiting Morales, Overseas Minister Sandra Jovel and Inside Minister Enrique Degenhart from signing an settlement.