The Trump administration has announced a migration deal that will give U.S. immigration authorities the ability to send asylum seekers from the border to Honduras.
Known as one of the most violent and unstable nations in the world, its president is accused of operating the nation as a criminal enterprise.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials reached the accord with the government of president Juan Orlando Hernández on Wednesday 25th September. He is embroiled in allegations of government corruption has been named as a co-conspirator in a major U.S. drug trafficking case.
The deal now paves the way for the United States to take asylum seekers from the U.S. border and ship them to a nation with one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Last week the DHS signed a deal with El Salvador, which once in place will allow U.S. officials to redirect asylum applicants from the U.S. border to the same three countries that accounted for the vast majority of unlawful migration.
Immigration attorneys and rights advocates have denounced the DHS agreements as a flagrant abrogation of long-standing U.S. legal protections extended to those fleeing persecution.
Trump administration officials have acknowledged that their goal is to deter migrants from using U.S. humanitarian programs as a way to avoid detention and deportation at the border.