As the USA deported lots of of migrants to Guatemala earlier this yr, it mentioned a few of the deportees have been wholesome — regardless that they examined optimistic after touchdown, authorities within the Central American nation mentioned.
“We perceive the USA needs to deport individuals, however what we don’t perceive is that they ship the flights all contaminated,” Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei mentioned throughout a web based occasion Thursday, according to the Related Press.
Regardless of the spreading pandemic, U.S. immigration authorities have continued to ship hundreds of Central People again to their house nations.
El Salvador and Honduras, which have each welcomed the deportation flights with out criticism, have acquired shipments of medical support together with deportees. However Guatemala has been an exception — partly, it appears, as a result of Giammattei is talking up.
“The USA has helped different nations together with with ventilators and to us nothing has come, not even chopped corn,” he instructed the Atlantic Council. “We don’t really feel very grateful for the best way we’ve been handled.”
In mid-April, Guatemala briefly stopped accepting deportation flights. Flights with virus-stricken deportees, officers mentioned, have been rising the nation’s coronavirus caseload and threatening to topple its fragile well being system.
In whole, 119 deportees from the USA had arrived in Guatemala with the coronavirus in the course of the pandemic.
Guatemala modified course earlier this month, as U.S. officers vowed to test the deportees. However of the 65 Guatemalans who have been flown from Alexandria, La., on Could 13, 16 deportees later examined optimistic.
A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement instructed the AP that every one Guatemalans on the aircraft had been examined earlier than departure. Fifteen sick migrants have been stored from boarding once they examined optimistic, they mentioned.
But Giammattei’s feedback Thursday underscored his rising frustration.
“Guatemala is an ally of the USA, however the USA will not be Guatemala’s ally,” he mentioned. “They don’t deal with us like an ally.”