The country of Guatemala, one of the three countries–along with Honduras and El Salvador–comprising the so-called “Northern Triangle” of Central America is hemorrhaging citizenry, as more and more migrants leave for the United States. By most estimates, since September, 2018, it has lost at least one percent of its population through out-migration to the U.S. Some areas of the country have lost up to three percent. What’s more, surveys indicate that at least 4 million additional Guatemalans are actively planning to leave for the United States.
With their country essentially dissolving, Guatemalan officials have signed a “Memorandum of Cooperation” with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agreement targets human trafficking and smuggling, illicit drug trafficking, and illegal trade and financial flows. It will include law enforcement training and collaboration in an effort to improve criminal investigations. In addition, it is intended to ramp up security of the Guatemalan border with Mexico, which in the past has proven of little use against determined migrants.
Guatemala, like all too many Latin American countries, has a history of corruption in high places. There are no estimates available yet on how much this will cost the U.S. taxpayer, but DHS should be mindful of how its money is spent and to what effect.
For more, see the Washington Examiner.