Guatemala on deportees with COVID-19: US not acting ‘like allies’

Guatemala’s president questions alliance with the US as immigration authorities continue to deport those with COVID-19.

Guatemala’s president on Thursday questioned his country’s relationship with the United States, revealing frustration over the US continuing to send deportees infected with COVID-19 to a country struggling to manage the crisis.

“This of allies with the United States isn’t true,” President Alejandro Giammattei said. “Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but the United States is not Guatemala’s ally. They don’t treat us like an ally.”

Giammattei is the first of the region’s leaders to speak out against the US policy that has sent thousands of deportees back to their countries since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Guatemala has confirmed 119 deportees arrived with COVID-19 from the US, including three confirmed by a health official on Wednesday. The country has suspended the deportation flights on several occasions after infected passengers were detected, but resumed them after assurances from US authorities.

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