According to CBS News, an accord with El Salvador has been reached, allowing Asylum seekers coming to America to be sent to the Central American country.
El Salvador is currently considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world. A March 3 article by The Washington Post pointed out that the violence was so rampant police officers are leaving the place they’re supposed to be protecting.
“When we go home, we’re in neighborhoods where there’s one police,” an officer in El Salvador’s anti-gang unit said, “to 100 gang members. We are easy victims.”
According to the Texas Tribune, asylum seekers coming from places like Nicaragua and Cuba who are going through El Salvador to America will be able to return there due to the accord. The plan also states that America will help create an asylum system. The hope is to fund it via UN refugee agencies.
This isn’t the first of its kind. CNN stated that in July, an agreement was signed between Guatemala and the US designed so they (Guatemala) could grant asylum to people traveling through their country. Migrants who don’t try to travel to America this way will have to return to Guatemala. It hasn’t gone through yet, however, with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei stating the agreement required approval from US and Guatemalan congress to go through.
According to CBS News, people have already begun to speak out against the administration’s decision.
“This is yet another way,” director of Immigrants Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union said, “in which the Trump administration is unilaterally abandoning our national commitment to protect people fleeing persecution.”