The Trump administration’s agreements with neighboring countries
Reducing immigration has always been the goal of the current administration of the US. Since President Donald Trump launched his political campaign to win the 2016 election, he has used immigration as a pillar, and not in a positive way.
In the Trump administration’s view, immigration can become an unnecessary burden on the economy and taxpayers. In addition to that, his government assures that mass immigration diminishes the quality of life for American citizens and constantly threatens public safety; a premise that has been contradicted on several occasions by the results of research and studies.
One of the main goals of the Trump administration is to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the US. Therefore, to achieve this goal, it has created agreements with third countries, so that immigrants request political asylum there before reaching the North American territory.
Some countries, despite not having enough resources to protect asylum seekers, have had to accept these agreements because the Trump administration has threatened to raise trade tariffs, implement border restrictions or increase imports’ price.
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The Trump administration established an immigration agreement with El Salvador
According to a report by The Washington Post, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the Trump administration signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador, which was pending since 2019.
This agreement allows the US to send asylum seekers to El Salvador to request international protection there. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through border entities, now has the power to send asylum seekers from the US’ borders to this Central American country.
The new agreement between the US and El Salvador is part of a government project called “Asylum Cooperation Agreements,” which aims to reduce the number of immigrants seeking political asylum in the US. The Trump administration already has agreements with Guatemala, Honduras and now El Salvador.
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President Trump tries to restrict immigration before leaving office
The US presidential election took place on November 3, 2020, and the local population elected Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, as the next leader of the nation, who will take office on January 20, 2021.
Before the presidential election, several Trump administration officials stated that if the current president won a second term, he and his cabinet would try to expand agreements with other countries to decrease the number of asylum seekers in the US.
However, the president will have to leave office soon and is trying to establish these agreements with Central American countries before Joe Biden’s government is in charge of immigration processes.
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