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Reports: U.S., Guatemala Negotiate Legal Wall Against Migrants

U.S. and Guatemalan officials are negotiating a “safe third country” agreement which would bar the movement of U.S.-bound migrants through Guatemala, say press reports. Under the terms of the [draft] agreement, migrants fleeing persecution in El Salvador and Honduras would be required to seek asylum in Guatemala, a gateway to Mexico and the United States,” said the June 13 report by Voice of America News. With few exceptions, those who continue north to the U.S. without testing their chances in Guatemala would be sent back to Guatemala by U.S. immigration…

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Democrats Block Emergency Funding for Border Crisis

Democratic Senator Pat Leahy bluntly told GOP Senators that Democrats are blocking $4.5 billion needed to manage the Central American migration emergency until Republicans submit to their pro-migration demands. “We’re willing to put [up] the money,” the Vermont Senator said at the June 11 hearing at the Senate’s judiciary committee. But, he added:  Now whether a supplemental gets done is up to the administration. If they continue to block bipartisan legislation, nothing happens. I hope the Republicans will finally realize we have to do this, Republicans and Democrats, together ……

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Watch Live – Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Migration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Chairman Lindsey Graham’s draft bill to reform the catch-and-release rules at the U.S. border. The hearing will begin at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and will feature Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Graham’s bill, titled “The Secure and Protect Act,” is an important set of fixes, say immigration experts. It would allow border agencies to keep migrants in detention while their asylum claims are weighed, would allow so-called “Unaccompanied Alien Children” to be sent home, and tighter screening…

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