(CBS News) In a surprise announcement Friday, President Trump said the U.S. has signed a "safe third country" agreement with Guatemala, which the White House says will require migrants from other countries who pass through Guatemala to seek protection in Guatemala instead of in the United States, and send migrants back to Guatemala if they reach the United States without having done so.
The agreement comes after Guatemala's Constitutional Court blocked that country's president from declaring Guatemala a safe third country for asylum-seekers. The details of the agreement have yet to be formally released.
"Look, we've been dealing for many years, I would say, with Guatemala and with other countries, and we are now at a point where we are--we just get along. And they're doing what we've asked them to do, and I think it's gonna be a great thing for Guatemala," Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office. "They don't want these problems either. So we were able to get this done and we got it done fairly quickly. And this is after many, many years. Mexico also is working along with us very nicely. I mean tremendously, actually. You'll see a chart where the numbers are really through the--through the floor, I should say, because they're going down."
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