Original Date AnnouncedSeptember 25, 2019
The U.S. signed a "safe" third country agreement, similar the agreements signed with Guatemala and El Salvador. The agreement, signed by Acting Secretary McAleenan, would allow the U.S. to transfer asylum seekers to Honduras if they passed through that country en route to the United States.
[ID# 1083]Third Country Agreement between U.S. and Honduras
Effective DateSeptember 25, 2019
Subsequent Trump-Era Action(s)
January 15, 2020
U.T. v. Barr
On January 15, 2020, the ACLU, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Human Rights First filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policies that are resulting in asylum-seekers being sent to so-called “safe” third countries to apply for asylum rather than being allowed to file asylum claims in the U.S. Cross motions for summary judgment remain pending with the court as of Oct. 26, 2020.View Document
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedFebruary 6, 2021
Suspending and Terminating the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On Feb. 6, 2021, the State Department announced that the U.S. had suspended and initiated the process to terminate the asylum cooperative agreements with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. According to the press release, the termination of these agreements will be effective only after the notice period stipulated in each of the agreements, but the suspension is effective immediately.View Document