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US Homeland Security discusses asylum agreement in Guatemala

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 13:21:32-04

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The acting head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department is holding discussions behind closed doors in Guatemala on an agreement that would force many asylum seekers to file claims in the Central American country instead of the United States.

Details on Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan’s agenda and activities Wednesday are scant. But the Guatemalan government says they include a meeting with Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, who signed the deal in Washington last week.

Presidential candidate Sandra Torres’ political party also said McAleenan would meet with her, a week and a half before she faces Alejandro Giammattei in a runoff.

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala said McAleenan would present a plan of action to implement the deal.

The agreement has been challenged in Guatemala’s Constitutional Court.