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The U.S. has no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the country brought up its plan.


The U.S. and Guatemala signed a “safe third country”-like agreement over the summer that would allow the U.S. to send asylum seekers to Guatemala if they first passed through there on their way to the U.S. This means that asylum seekers from countries like Honduras and El Salvador would be most affected. On Friday, Guatemala brought up a plan to send asylum seekers to remote airports and have them live far from the capital city. Advocates raised concerns about this plan and the risks it would cause to asylum seekers if they were far from services. The U.S. said that it will analyze all airports to determine if they are in suitable areas, and a spokeswoman for DHS said that “the U.S. government has no plans” to fly asylum seekers to a remote jungle airport “at this time.”

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