This past Monday in a futile effort to seem as though it has the spreading immigration crisis on the border in hand, the Biden administration announced that it had signed a deal with Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras in order to strengthen border security along all three countries’ borders in an effort to stifle the tide of migrants flowing from Central America.
Now, however, one of the countries where a bulk of the illegal immigrants captured along the United States Mexico border have stated they originate from, Guatemala, has come out and stated that it has signed no such deal and that any and all increases in the border security along its border stem from actions taking earlier this year, without any such agreement with or from the Biden administration.
This past Monday, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki bragged about the agreement during her daily press conference.
“The objective is to make it more difficult to make the journey, and make crossing the borders much more difficult,” Psaki touted, in reference to actions allegedly taken in partnership with Mexico and other Central American countries. “We worked with them to increase law enforcement at the border to deter the travel, which is a treacherous journey … where many lose their lives.”
“According to Psaki, Mexico will maintain a presence of 10,000 troops along its southern border. Guatemala will send 1,500 military and police personnel to its border with Honduras while setting up 12 checkpoints along migration routes,” reported The Hill, in reference to claims by the Biden administration.
The hill makes note that Tyler Moran, the White House Domestic Policy Council aide, repeated these claims in an interview with MSNBC earlier this past week, claiming that the administration had “secured agreements for [the three countries] to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children.”
In a statement this past Tuesday, Guatemala’s government said that it had not done any negotiations or sign any such agreement with the Biden administration and that it had actually moved troops to its border to handle the situation months ago, back in January.
“President Alejandro Guimmattei has committed, since the beginning of his term in January 2020, to strengthen border security as a strategy to battle transnational threats like drug trafficking, human trafficking, and as a preventive measure in the face of the pandemic,” Guatemala stated in its release.
Guatemala’s government also made not that it deployed its military to the border to “maintain their commitment to fortifying border security,” implying the move came as a result of pacts made well before current President Joe Biden took office.