About Time: Trump Threatens Guatemala With Tariffs and Remittance Fees for Breaking Safe Third Agreement
President Trump threatened Guatemala on Tuesday with tariffs and remittance fees after the Central American country pulled out of their agreement with the Trump administration.
As The Hill reported the two countries had not formally committed to such a safe third deal, which would require Guatemala to process asylum claims from migrants who set foot there first on their way to the United States. Guatemala’s Constitutional Court earlier this month blocked President Jimmy Morales from declaring the nation a safe third country.
President Trump: Guatemala, which has been forming Caravans and sending large numbers of people, some with criminal records, to the United States, has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go. Now we are looking at the “BAN,” Tariffs, Remittance Fees, or all of the above. Guatemala has not been good. Big U.S. taxpayer dollars going to them was cut off by me 9 months ago.
….Tariffs, Remittance Fees, or all of the above. Guatemala has not been good. Big U.S. taxpayer dollars going to them was cut off by me 9 months ago.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
Ryan James Girdusky argued today that President Trump always had the power to end the border crisis without Congress.
He should do it.
Trump seems to realize that he has the power to stop the border crisis without Congress… he has in fact always had that power. He can also have a remittance fee on Central Americans w/o Congress. It could have funded the wall. https://t.co/q7SvxwZ6Ur
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) July 23, 2019