NEW YORK TIMES: The Trump administration will deport some Mexicans seeking asylum at the United States border to Guatemala, The New York Times is reporting.

The newspaper says this is part of a deal that had been praised by Department of Homeland Security officials as a way to deter migration from Central America.

From the story by reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

The agreement with Guatemala, which was signed in July, was described by Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security at the time, as a way to encourage families to apply for protections closer to home. The deal made migrants such as Hondurans and Salvadorans ineligible for asylum in the United States if they had traveled by land through Guatemala and did not first apply for asylum there, homeland security officials said at the time.

But two homeland security officials said on Monday that asylum officers were told over the weekend that Mexican migrants were now “amenable” to being sent to Guatemala under the agreement. In theory, an asylum seeker from Juárez, Mexico, could be deported from the El Paso, Texas, border crossing a mile from his home to the Guatemalan border nearly 2,000 miles away.

A homeland security spokesman later confirmed that certain Mexicans could be sent to Guatemala under the agreement — a pivot from the original plan for the deal.

Click here to read the full story in The New York Times.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above News Clip shows a group of migrants who returned to Mexico to await their U.S. asylum hearing block the Puerta Mexico international border crossing bridge to demand quickness in their asylum process in Matamoros, Mexico. (Photo credit: Veronica G Cardenas/Reuters)