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"Guatemala says it’s working with the United States to tighten borders, break up migrant caravans"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/guatemala-says-its-working-with-the-united-states-to-tighten-borders-break-up-migrant-caravans/2019/06/05/3e7aa742-87bd-11e9-9d73-e2ba6bbf1b9b_story.html?noredirect=on

Guatemala is working with the United States to reduce the flow of migrants through the country, its interior minister said Wednesday, with plans to renegotiate a regional open-borders agreement, break up migrant caravans and subject families to DNA testing.

The moves are the strongest yet announced by a Central American government to deter migration during the current surge to the U.S. southwest border. Guatemala is the single largest source of unauthorized migrants to the United States.

Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart told The Washington Post that officials are working with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to revise its agreement on border control with its Central American neighbors.

He said the CA-4 agreement, which allows citizens of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua to move freely throughout the region, has made it easier for migrants to travel through Guatemala on their way to the United States.

“For us, caravans are a criminal way of moving or trafficking or smuggling people through our territory,” he said.

Degenhart said he was working with Homeland Security, which is dispatching dozens of agents to Guatemala, “to eventually confront those caravans.”

Homeland Security officials did not comment.

The United States took more than 144,000 migrants into custody in May, Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday, a 32 percent jump from April and the highest monthly total in 13 years.

Several hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador crossed the border from Guatemala to Mexico on Wednesday morning with plans to continue to the U.S. border.

President Trump has accused Guatemala of not doing enough to combat migration. In late March, he directed his administration to cancel aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

It is unclear whether the directive has been implemented.

Officials in Central America have historically been reluctant to publicly endorse American efforts against migration, in part because their economies rely on the remittances sent home by their citizens abroad. In 2018, Guatemala received $9.3 billion in remittances, almost all of it from Guatemalans in the United States.

But Guatemala now appears eager to position itself as the Trump administration’s most willing partner in the region, expressing an openness to programs that no other Central American country has accepted. More than 132,000 Guatemalans were apprehended at the U.S. border between October and March, more than any other nationality.

U.S. officials said last week that Homeland Security would send dozens of agents and inspectors to Guatemala to work as advisers to its national police and migration authorities.

The advisers will work to disrupt and interdict human smuggling operations in the hope of cutting off popular routes to the United States and deterring migrants from beginning their journeys north, officials said.

Acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan finalized the agreement with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and other top officials during meetings last week in Guatemala City.

Degenhart said Guatemala planned to implement DNA testing for Guatemalans leaving the country through its northern border “in the very near future.” The goal, he said, was to ensure that migrants were not traveling with children who were not their own.

In some cases, migrants have attempted to travel with the children of friends or neighbors to take advantage of a loophole in the U.S. immigration system that allows families to avoid detention and swift deportation.

Degenhart said the Department of Homeland Security was helping the Guatemalan government launch a family fraud unit to stop such arrangements before the children leave Guatemala.

Aside from the border enforcement and anti-trafficking efforts, Degenhart said his government will also mount a campaign to convince Guatemalans not to migrate with their children.

“We need families to understand the kind of threat that they are putting their children in,” he said.

Five Guatemalan children have died after crossing the border since December.

Still, he recognized that there was a limit to what he could do to keep Guatemalans from migrating.

“Constitutionally speaking, we can’t stop them from leaving the country.”

He blamed Mexico for not doing enough to stop migrants — including Guatemalans — from transiting through the country en route to the United States.

“They’re offering visas, they’re offering all sorts of administrative benefits to Guatemalans,” Degenhart said.

“The pull factor that Mexico generates for the whole region is one of the main causes in the increase in irregular migration,” he said.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexican imports to the United States if Mexico does not do more to stop migrants from reaching the U.S. border.

Mexican officials were in Washington on Wednesday to negotiate with their U.S. counterparts.
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Guatemala has been in a perpetual state of violence and social/civil uprising to the point that every single citizen regardless of age has experienced this level of mental alteration. When you are born into a place that is in constant turmoil and at every milestone in life some significant (negative) event takes place - that build the person to whom they are. The lowest/poorest as well as the most vulnerable and the violent products of this population are the ones that seek to move from this place they call home (because they were conceived there). Its no wonder however you can move that person from that situation however that lifetime follows that person and sticks with them. The solution is correcting the social and economic issues at home - and possibly that is what they are attempting to do with a deal (meaning US funds). Either that or this is a facade and the Guatemalan government is just looking for some money to line their pockets and not to help their people.
 
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P.S. a reminder - never vacation in Guatemala ..... or do so at your own risk!
 

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Trump sees 'good chance' of deal as Mexico pledges to deploy troops to stop migrants

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/07/mexico-troops-southeastern-border-1514223

"..Another person briefed on the negotiations said the offer by Mexico involves sending 6,000 Mexican National Guard troops to its southern border. Mexico will also step up its fight against smugglers by cracking down on their routes... "

"..The Mexican leader, speaking at his daily morning press conference in Mexico City, confirmed that his government proposed sending 6,000 troops from its newly formed National Guard to the country’s southern border with Guatemala, a move aimed at cutting off the flow of migrants bound for the U.S. border.

López Obrador said the Mexican government will enforce the law, but also "take care to respect human rights and address the underlying problem..."
 

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Two migrant rights’ activists arrested for human trafficking

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/activists-arrested-for-human-trafficking/

"One is director of an organization that has helped migrant caravans travel through Mexico .."

"Two advocates for migrants’ rights were arrested for human trafficking Wednesday, while federal finance officials yesterday blocked the bank accounts of 26 people allegedly involved in the same crime.

Irineo Mujica, director of a migrant advocacy organization that has helped several large migrant caravans cross Mexico, was arrested in Sonoyta, Sonora, at about the same time activist Cristóbal Sánchez was detained outside his home in the Mexico City borough of Xochimilco.

The federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) said in a statement that Federal Police arrested the two men after warrants were issued by a judge in Chiapas.

The department said it received complaints in April and May from Honduran nationals against two Mexicans who, in exchange for payment, promised to bring them into the country and take them to the northern border in order to illegally enter the United States.

Mujica, who heads Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) in Mexico, faces charges of illegally transporting migrants, including children and adolescents, while Sánchez is accused of bringing undocumented migrants into the country, the FGR said.

Both men were transferred to a prison in Tapachula, Chiapas, on Wednesday afternoon..."

"..A day after the arrests, the finance department said in a statement that the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) had frozen the accounts of 26 people for their alleged participation in the trafficking of migrants and the illegal organization of migrant caravans.

The SHCP said that while caravans were traveling through Mexico between October 2018 and June 2019, the UIF identified a group of people who made “unusual” transactions from accounts in Chiapas and Querétaro to several countries, “including some considered risky jurisdictions by the Financial Action Task Force.”

It also said that a series of financial transfers from Querétaro to six northern border cities – Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Acuña, Piedras Negras and Reynosa – were detected.

The transferred funds originally came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – the three largest migrant source countries – as well as Cameroon, the United States and England, the SHCP said, stating it believed the payments were made in exchange for smuggling migrants and that criminal complaints will be filed...."
 

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Now you can get medical coverage paid for by the government in california being an illegal.
I'd be surprised if Colorado doesn't do the same within a couple of years.
 

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Now you can get medical coverage paid for by the government in california being an illegal. But yet I still have to pay my own coverage as a legal US citizen.
Well it is the same policy for all of the poor folks in this land - no job = full benefits. The liberal base just added illegal folks into that same system.
 

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Its turned into a joke in many states in this country and the jokes on all the hard working law abiding citizens. This has to stop, we are doomed as a country. This is the plan of the NWO and agenda 21 believers. It is to break down society our culture our way of life so they have full control. It's happening been happening and will continue to happen. Ok now hammer away boys.
 

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I'm reading otherwise - do they get full blown health care - no - but depending on the province it appears at minimum they are covered for free with basic health services (illegal immigrants). Those who choose the legal immigration process get full unrestricted access.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3395500/
https://international.commonwealthfund.org/countries/canada/
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/canadas-immigration-policy
So I can just hop across the boarder and get a broken arm fixed and then come back free of cost for me?
 

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Guess so.
 
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