While the United States deported hundreds of migrants to Guatemala earlier this year, she said some of the deportees were healthy, although they tested positive after landing, authorities in the Central American nation said.
“We understand that the United States wants to deport people, but what we don’t understand is that they are sending all the polluted flights,” Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei said during an online event on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Despite the widespread pandemic, US immigration authorities continue to send thousands of Central Americans back to their home countries.
El Salvador and Honduras, which welcomed the deportation flights without complaint, received medical supplies along with the deportees. But Guatemala was an exception, partly because Giamattei was talking up.
“The United States has helped other countries, including fans, and nothing has come to us, not even chopped corn,”
In mid-April, Guatemala temporarily suspended the acceptance of deportation flights. According to flights, flights with virus-affected deportees are increasing the number of coronavirus cases in the country and threatening to bring down its fragile health care system.
A total of 119 deportees from the United States had arrived in Guatemala with covid-19 during the pandemic.
Guatemala changed course earlier this month as US officials promised to test the deportees. But of the 65 Guatemalans who flew from Alexandria, Larissa, on May 13, 16 deportees were later positive.
A spokesman for US immigration and customs enforcement told the AP that all Guatemalans on the plane had been tested before leaving. Another 15 sick migrants were kept on board when tested positive, they said.
However, Giammattei’s comments on Thursday highlighted his growing helplessness.
“Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but the United States is not an ally of Guatemala,” he said. “They don’t treat us like an ally.”