A pair of low pressure systems has left eleven dead, more than 3,000 people sheltered, and 100,000 directly affected in Central America this month. One system hit off the coast of El Salvador, another struck Nicaragua, causing floods, landslides, and overflowing rivers.
Guatemalan president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, announced he will repeal the ban on single-use plastics ordered by the previous government and bet on the culture of recycling. “We will repeal it on January 14,” Giammattei told reporters after participating in a business forum, a sector that has strongly opposed outgoing President Jimmy Morales’ plastics ban measure.
History has shown that unintended consequences are borne out of many things. From the simplest of decisions taken in the past to massive decrees, consequences have always followed in one way or another. One such example of historic elements that has had unanticipated consequences is the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Republic of Guatemala is situated in Central America, and is home to many Mayan sites, volcanoes, and rainforests. It’s a place of mystery and intrigue, and is also relatively underdeveloped. The country relies heavily on foreign assistance and on private charities in order to prevent poverty at a large scale. There are numerous organizations that are working in Guatemala to improve the life of the locals, such as Developing Our World.
The Guatemalan Human Rights Procurator, Jordan Rodas, on Monday asked the Constitutional Court to curb the pact signed on Friday between the Government of Donald Trump and Jimmy Morales. As agreed, refugees seeking refuge or asylum in the United States can receive the same protection in the Central American country and, having passed through it before, will be channeled back to Guatemalan soil. A formula that, in diplomatic political jargon, implies making Guatemala a “safe third country.
Guatemala has signed an immigration agreement with the United States on Friday, according to which people who want to apply for refuge or asylum in the United States and have passed through Guatemala must do so in the latter country. The pact was closed a few days after Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central American country if it does not accept more asylum seekers.
The United States government said yesterday it will never grant asylum to immigrants who did not request it in a “safe third country” in a new attempt to reduce the flow of migrants along the border with Mexico, mainly from Central America. Strict measures should reach migrants arriving along the Mexican border. Strict rules are making it difficult to grant benefits to applicants who have transited through other countries before arriving in the US.
Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working? Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?
First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.
- EU: President Trump in an early morning tweet on Tuesday touted his administration’s tariffs on $11 billion of European Union products in the wake of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.”The World Trade Organization finds that the European Union subsidies to Airbus has adversely impacted the United States, which will now put Tariffs on $11 Billion of EU products!” he said.