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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019. 11:49 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has appealed his country’s constitutional court decision to bar his government from negotiating an immigration deal with the United States (US) to make his country a “Safe Third Nation.”

The court had granted an injunction keeping Guatemala from signing onto the Safe Third Agreement, which would require immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to apply for that asylum in Guatemala rather than stay in the US while their case is being processed.

Morales said that the deal with the US was being worked out in accordance with his country’s constitution and ensured that their sovereignty was never compromised. He noted that the court’s decision to grant the injunction against the deal undermines “the constitution and the presidential mandate and puts the bilateral relationship with the United States at risk.”

Following the court ruling, US President Donald Trump threatened to impose economic sanctions on Guatemala, saying that his country was considering a “Ban” or looking at areas such as tariffs or remittance fees. Trump accused the Guatemalan government of being unwilling to sign the deal and used the court ruling as an excuse.

 

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