Trump to host Guatemalan president for talks on immigration

Trump to host Guatemalan president for talks on immigration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the White House next week as the country has been at the center of the administration's efforts to stem the flow of migrants toward the U.S. southern border.

The White House announced Friday that Morales will visit on Monday. The two leaders will discuss "ways to create a more robust relationship focused on addressing migration and security priorities," according to a statement from press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

The two men will also talk about how Guatemala can work with other Central American nations to expand economic opportunities for its citizens.

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The meetings are likely to include talks over a safe third country agreement; Trump previously said the two countries were close to reaching an agreement on the pact. Under such an arrangement, Guatemala would be required to process asylum claims from migrants who set foot there first while headed to another country.

The move would curb the number of asylum-seekers who could continue on toward the U.S.

Trump has been openly critical of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in recent months, asserting that those nations have not done enough to prevent their citizens from leaving to seek asylum in the U.S.

The administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the three Northern Triangle countries earlier this year before reversing course and allowing roughly two-thirds of the money to go forward.

But the two sides have been working in partnership in recent weeks.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan reached an agreement with the Guatemalan government in May to expand areas of collaboration between the two countries to target human trafficking and smuggling.