U.S. to Send Asylum Seekers to Honduras, Prevent Them from Reapplying in North America

A migration deal will allow immigration authorities to send asylum seekers to Honduras and prevent them from reapplying in the United States, according to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

The Department of Homeland Security announced the agreement in September, but the Times on Monday was the first to report that the deal would block seekers from applying in the U.S. if Honduras or another country rejects their asylum claims.

Under the deal, authorities could send asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border to Honduras regardless of if they came from the country, the Times reported. Immigration officials previously said the agreement would prevent vulnerable populations from being “victimized by smugglers.”

A source provided a copy of the agreement to the Times this week, the newspaper reported.

The U.S.-Honduras agreement is one of President Donald Trump’s many efforts to crack down on asylum seekers at the border. The Trump administration struck a similar deal with Guatemala requiring migrants to apply for asylum there if they cross into the Central American country en route to the U.S.

Another proposed rule makes asylum seekers who pass through another country first ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. Announced in July, the rule faces several legal challenges.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Kristin Lam