Chad Wolf talks to President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele during a meeting at the Presidential House, in San Salvador. Reuters
The United States and El Salvador have worked out “operational details” of an agreement in which El Salvador would take in certain migrants who had sought asylum at the US border, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday.
The deal, called the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA), was first announced in September 2019 and is similar to “safe third country” deals President Donald Trump's administration has sought with several Latin American countries to curb migration, especially from Central America.
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Trump in recent weeks has made a last-minute push to implement tougher immigration rules, a central focus of his administration, despite signs that his successor, Joe Biden, will aim to quickly undo them.
Biden has also pledged $4 billion to tackle the root causes of migration in Central America.
The acting DHS secretary, Chad Wolf, said in a statement the United States would help El Salvador expand its capacity to offer humanitarian protection.
He did not explain details of the agreement, and it was not clear if any asylum-seekers would be sent to El Salvador before Trump's presidency ends next month.
Federal judge Randolph Moss, sitting in Washington, ruled that the policy was “in excess of statutory... authority”.
The Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC), a US-based group, said it had welcomed a group of young activists to America this week and their journey had been “arduous and perilous.”
Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only “cosmetic steps” toward the creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara’s threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border.
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