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Guatemala to seek humanitarian protection for citizens in United States

Guatemala will request temporary humanitarian protection for its citizens in the United States following the devastation caused by storm Eta, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Monday.

Reuters | Mexico City | Updated: 10-11-2020 09:10 IST | Created: 10-11-2020 09:10 IST
Guatemala to seek humanitarian protection for citizens in United States

Guatemala will request temporary humanitarian protection for its citizens in the United States following the devastation caused by storm Eta, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Monday. A deluge linked to storm Eta killed an estimated 150 people in Guatemala last week and caused devastation from Panama to Mexico.

"The foreign ministry will, over the course of the week, send the papers to our ambassador in Washington, who will make the request to the U.S. government," Giammattei told reporters. "We don't know if President Trump will accept or not but we believe that it is our obligation to request it."

In September, a U.S. appeals court sided with outgoing President Donald Trump over his administration's decision to end humanitarian protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, including from El Salvador.

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