Undocumented Guatemalans in US fear of deportation

Guatemalan families worry regarding alleged US deportation plan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Dec 31, 2015

Guatemala has expressed worries about families holding no documents who have recently arrived in the US allegedly facing deportation.

It is said that Central American families, including children as well as young adults, are to be deported from the United States by January.

According to a Washington Post report citing anonymous sources, the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will carry out raids in order to find undocumented migrants who recently arrived in the country.

People “would be detained wherever they can be found and immediately deported,” it was reported. 

The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry said it was "deeply worried" and advised the consulates to protect citizens.

According to the report, the plan concerns families who came to the US at the start of 2014 and those who already have been ordered to leave the country by a court order.

However, the Honduras government said that the plan has not been officially confirmed.

Gillian Christensen, the ICE press secretary, stated that the ICE focuses “on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”

“These include individuals, whether alone or with family members, who have been apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, recent border crossers, and individuals who have received a final order of removal on or after January 1, 2014,” she added.

Furthermore, Hillary Clinton also commented on the alleged plan.

“She believes it is critical that everyone has a full and fair hearing, and that our country provides refuge to those that need it,” Clinton's spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said. “And we should be guided by a spirit of humanity and generosity as we approach these issues.”

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