Guatemala receives second group of children deported by U.S.

Foreign Ministry of Guatemala
The Guatemalan foreign ministry announced that 13 minors, who were arrested in the United States along with their mothers, were repatriated to Guatemala. In a July 22 statement, the foreign ministry said that among those deported by the U.S. were two infants who have not yet reached the age of one year. The remainder of the minors range in age from two to 12 years. They arrived in Guatemala via air from the U.S. All of them are originally from the western highland region of the Central American republic, specifically the provinces of San Marcos, Huehuetenango, and Quetzaltenango, which are close to the Mexican border. 
 
The jet carrying the 113 deportees arrived at noon on July 22, having come from New Mexico. The children were accompanied by their mothers. At the military installations at Guatemala’s Aurora Airport, the repatriated Guatemalans were received by personnel from the Foreign Ministry and Immigration where they were documented.  The Guatemalan foreign ministry said that the minors and their mothers were given a medical evaluation, as well as any psychological counseling required. 
 
This is the second group of Guatemalan minors to have been deported directly from the U.S. On July 18, a group of seven minors and their mothers were received in Guatemala. It was because these minors were accompanied by a parent, read the Guatemalan statement, that they were subjected to immediate deportation by U.S. authorities with no chance of obtaining an immigration court hearing. Unaccompanied minors, however, are given 90 days to appear before an immigration judge. Since there are so many such minors, some are being sent away for housing in facilities outside of the border region. Michigan, for example, is among the states slated to receive illegal unaccompanied minors awaiting adjudication and processing.
 
This week, the foreign ministers of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, are meeting with State Department officials in Washington DC to discuss the current immigration crisis.


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

Comments

Mining and energy companies reconsider investments in West Africa

Liberian president changes mind about the severity of the outbreak -- writes letter to the world begging for help.

Islamic State recruits Muslims in The Philippines

The founder of an international peace movement is concerned that ISIS terrorists are recruiting Filipino Muslims to their cause.

In reversal, Liberian president says ebola has brought country to standstill

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pens letter to the world: This disease respects no borders.

Israel: archaeologists' find confirms presence of Roman occupation army

A 2,000 year old commemorative inscription dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian was uncovered in Jerusalem that according to archaeologist Dr. Rina Avner 'is an extraordinary find of enormous historical importance'.

In reversal, Liberian president says ebola has brought country to standstill

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pens letter to the world: This disease respects no borders.

Liberia: Ebola keeps Christians away from church

US health officials contradict President Obama's assurances that Ebola cannot be contracted by sitting adjacent to another person on a bus.

U.S. military can't stop Ebola contagion from Latin America

Marine Corp Gen. John Kelly expressed fears that human traffickers bringing illegal immigrants to the U.S. will also bring Ebola.

This page took 0.1250seconds to load