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Unauthorized CBP operation in Guatemala relocates Honduran migrants to the Guatemala-Honduras border

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 13, 2020

    An investigation by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority staff revealed that DHS misused State Department funding to carry out an unauthorized operation in Guatemala in January 2020. U.S. border agents working in Guatemala rented unmarked vans to detain an unknown number of Honduran migrants intending to make their way to the U.S. border and return them to the border with Honduras. [ID #1088].

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 13, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP DHS DOS

Commentary

U.S. Agents Returned Migrants to Honduras in Unauthorized Operation, Senate Report Says

The agents were stationed in Guatemala, along with other countries across Latin America, to help train local police in counter narcotics and other efforts. They are strictly prohibited by the State Department, which provides their funding and oversees their efforts, from conducting direct enforcement operations in countries abroad.

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Civil Society Organizations Denounce DHS Border Externalization in Guatemala, Call for Immediate Investigation

The undersigned civil society organizations denounce the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border externalization operations in Guatemala as documented by a new Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Democratic Staff report, DHS Run Amok? A Reckless Overseas Operation, Violations and Lies. We call for an immediate, comprehensive investigation into this operation by the State Department and DHS inspectors general.

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