U.S. will start sending people seeking asylum to Honduras

Border patrol agents hold a news conference prior to a media tour of a new United States Customs and Border Protection temporary facility near the Donna Rio-Bravo International Bridge at the border with Mexico [File: Eric Gay/AP Photo]

Critics slam new US-Honduras deal, which was released the same day the US indicted a Honduran ex-national police chief.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has finalised a controversial agreement with Honduras that would allow some people seeking asylum in the United States to be sent to the Central American country instead.

The agreement is similar to one with Guatemala and is part of the administration’s effort to reduce the flow of migrants across the southwest border by making it harder to gain entry to the US with an asylum claim. Critics have slammed the deals, saying they violate US obligations under international law on asylum.

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