The Honduras government fears that that the Trump administration is preparing to send asylum-seekers to Honduras — even if they are not from there. Under an ‘Asylum Cooperation Agreement’ signed in September, adults and families seeking asylum at the southern border can be sent to Honduras, denying them the opportunity to apply for asylum here. The US already has a similar agreement to send some asylum-seekers to Guatemala, which took effect last month.
Consensus is that this agreement with Honduras is unlawful and unsafe and represents the latest assault by the administration on the country’s fragile asylum system. Sending vulnerable migrants to Honduras will endanger their lives, and for some it could amount to a death sentence.
The LA Times claims that under the agreement, if Honduras rejects a person’s asylum claim, then they will be precluded from seeking asylum in the US. So not only is the US outsourcing a huge problem to a tiny nation, it is planning to use that process as a pretext for stripping asylum-seekers of their chance to present their claims there.