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US Troops Arrive in Guatemala to 'Halt Migration'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:20

Excerpt: "Guatemalan Defense Minister, Luis Miguel Ralda, confirmed on Monday that United States (U.S.) troops are already in the country, specifically in the Guatemala-Mexico border department of Huehuetenango."

Trump has already sent troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrants coming from Central America. (photo: Reuters)
Trump has already sent troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrants coming from Central America. (photo: Reuters)


US Troops Arrive in Guatemala to 'Halt Migration'

By teleSUR

04 June 19


On Friday, U.S. congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D) said he met with Guatemala’s ambassador to the U.S., Manuel Espina, and that the ambassador assured his government would welcome troops.

uatemalan Defense Minister, Luis Miguel Ralda, confirmed on Monday that United States (U.S.) troops are already in the country, specifically in the Guatemala-Mexico border department of Huehuetenango.

"The troops are already here, as has happened in the last 15 years, with programs such as ’Strong Roads’ and now [with] the one that is being developed, ‘Beyond the Horizon’," Ralda told reporters after a cabinet meeting. The number of troops or further details has not been released. 

On Friday, U.S. congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D) said he met with Guatemala’s ambassador to the U.S., Manuel Espina, and that the ambassador assured his government would welcome troops. This came as Gonzalez wrote a letter on April 16 to U.S. president Donald Trump urging him to intervene. 

“Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales has indicated that he would welcome the introduction of U.S. troops on Guatemala’s northern border,” Gonzalez wrote, adding that “if you want to see fewer apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border, I would strongly encourage you to seriously consider President Morales’ offer.”

Last week, right-wing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales signed a memorandum of cooperation with U.S. acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan. In that document, concealed to the public, Guatemala agreed to share information and improve border security, according to what McAleenan told the Washington Post on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Minister of the Interior, Enrique Degenhart, has downplayed the presence of foreign troops saying that “this is a civil solution with police support from both governments, it is not a solution aimed to national and regional security troops," claiming they will be there for "humanitarian" reasons. 

As these forces amass in the Guatemalan border, “several dozens” of agents and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have also been sent to Guatemala to act as "advisers" to the national police and the country's immigration authorities. According to Rep. Gonzalez, sending “100 U.S. agents to Guatemala is insufficient”, thus the need for military personnel. 

Trump’s foreign policy, with regards to migration, seems to be aiming to create “plug” states that will halt Central American flows of migrants, and the U.S.-backed Guatemalan government fits the bill. Although, the U.S. head of state is also pressuring Mexico, by threatening with tariffs, to comply with this strategy. 

According to the National Institute of Migration of Guatemala between January and April of 2019, 31,344 Guatemalans were deported; 18,999 from U.S. and 12,345 from Mexico. More than half are from the departments of Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quiche, Quetzaltenango, and Alta Verapaz.

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+20 # BetaTheta 2019-06-04 14:22
About the only way to keep people from fleeing horrific conditions in Central American counties is to turn them into new versions of blockaded Gaza. That is apparently the Trump administration' s ultimate goal, and to Hell with the human consequences.
 
 
+9 # Texas Aggie 2019-06-04 23:48
The Warsaw Ghetto worked so well for the Nazis, so why not try the same concept here and in Gaza? They're only the initial part of the Final Solution.
 
 
+8 # Robbee 2019-06-05 09:35
Quoting BetaTheta:
About the only way to keep people from fleeing horrific conditions in Central American counties is to turn them into new versions of blockaded Gaza. That is apparently the Trump administration's ultimate goal, and to Hell with the human consequences.

- it took dickhead only 2.5 years, thousands of separated families, thousands of children in cages, hundreds of migrant deaths, criminal border guards, for-profit detention centers, and so forth, to probably and presumably solve a so-called national emergency and admitted humanitarian crisis BY IMPRISONING REFUGEES IN THEIR DYSFUNCTIONAL COUNTRIES

how much longer will it take for dickhead's gangster mob to think of walling mexico off from el salvador, honduras and guatemala? and make mexico pay for it?

dickhead is a walking, talking, quacking international crime wave!

how bad do we need bernie as prez? lets count the ways!
 
 
+5 # heraldmage 2019-06-04 23:25
Thanks to Trump & the US military more Guatemalans will die, doesn't that make you proud to be an American?
More innocent children, women & men will die because of US interference. If the Obama Admin hadn't overthrown the elected governments of Guatemala & Honduras and imposed capitalism we wouldn't have the mass migration of asylum seekers.
The only way to end the stream of asylum seekers to our borders is to stop interfering in the domestic politic of other nations & respect their sovereignty, as we expect other to respect ours.
 
 
+5 # janie1893 2019-06-05 01:33
One more country invaded by Trump's troops!!
 
 
+9 # tedrey 2019-06-05 02:05
Has Congress been notified?
 
 
+12 # DongiC 2019-06-05 06:09
Looks like the imperialists of America are active again as American troops head for Central America. It's deja vu all over again re this region of the world and US involvement. More reasons to justify our huge military budget. Who needs to repair our infrastructure anyway.
 
 
+11 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-06-05 09:16
i.e., the US Empire invades one of its most watched Colonies at the behest of Guatemala’s elitist puppet president.
 
 
+1 # thehodges1 2019-06-05 21:02
A country of freedom and pride no more
 
 
+2 # chrisconno 2019-06-06 10:49
The only freedom we seem to fight for is the freedom to invade other countries, with or without good reason.