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Guatemala President-Elect Wants Better Deal with U.S.

“Third country” agreement not popular in Guatemala

Last month, the president's administration made a deal with Guatemala that created a “third country” position for that nation to help stem U.S.-bound immigration from Central America. The agreement was not popular with Guatemalan citizens.

Now with Alejandro Giammatei securing a victory in a presidential election Sunday, that agreement appears to be in jeopardy. The new president-elect, who will take office in January, said he wants to see what can be done to improve the deal with the U.S.

"I hope that during this transition the doors will open to get more information so we can see what, from a diplomatic point of view, we can do to remove from this deal the things that are not right for us, or how we can come to an agreement with the United States," Giammattei, 63, said in an interview.

Asked about Giammattei's comments, U.S. border patrol chief Carla Provost said, "It certainly is a concern. We need both Mexico and Guatemala to continue doing what they're doing," referring to Mexico's own campaign to block migrants from crossing its border with the United States.

Sources: Reuters, Fox News, NBC News
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the president-elect of Guatemala as he prepares to assume office in January.
  • About the provisions of “third country” status for Guatemala in helping to curb the flow of migrants to the U.S.