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Short Update: Returnees face threats as US resumes deportation flights to Guatemala despite COVID-19 pandemic

FT Admin - June 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Cross-border justice

The US Government has resumed deportation flights to Guatemala after they were halted in mid-May due to COVID-19. Dozens of Guatemalan deportees have tested positive for COVID-19, and the Guatemalan government has said it will screen deportees for the virus and that only Guatemalan citizens held in ICE detention would be returning.  

Many immigrants returning from the US, once the source of desperately needed remittances, have been shunned by their home towns since the pandemic started. Some returnees have had their homes burned and been threatened with lynching over fears that they would spread the virus.  

Despite the pandemic and the dangers now faced by deportees, the Trump Administration has continued pushing Guatemala to receive deported migrants.  

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