Report: US agents working in Guatemala violated agreement

Report: US agents working in Guatemala violated agreement


GUATEMALA CITY (AP) – U.S. immigration agents assigned to Guatemala to advise local authorities violated terms of their funding by helping officials deport Hondurans traveling in a migrant caravan early this year, the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee’ said in a report Tuesday.

On Jan. 15, The Associated Press reported that one of its journalists saw four U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents manning a checkpoint with Guatemalan police officers near the eastern Guatemala town of Morales. The police were checking migrants’ documents and those without proper papers were driven back to the Honduran border.

Asked what they were doing there, one ICE agent said they were in Guatemala to train authorities in immigration control. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said at the time that Homeland Security personnel – ICE as well as Customs and Border Protection – were in Guatemala “providing advisory and capacity building support” to deal with irregular migration.

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