President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country’s high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States.
Guatemala “has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,” Trump said in a Twitter post. “Now we are looking at the ‘BAN,'” he wrote, along with tariffs, fees on remittance money Guatemalans working in the U.S. send back to their country, “or all of the above.”
Taxing remittances to Guatemala would damage their economy in a big way, remittances from the United States are equal to 12.1% of the Guatemalan economy, according to the World Bank.