El Salvador

Trump could begin deporting asylum-seekers to Honduras by 2020

A car driving along a dirt road by a border fence on the southwest border.
A section of the southwest border. Photo: Daniel Woolfolk/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration could begin sending some Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to Honduras by January 2020, although the details of the agreement are still being worked out, BuzzFeed News' Hamed Aleaziz reports.

Why it matters: The asylum agreements with Central American nations signed since the summer by former acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan are beginning to take effect. They could force people fleeing their homes to seek asylum in neighboring nations where there are often weak asylum systems, severe poverty and high crime rates.

DHS grants hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans an extra year to leave U.S.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. Photo: Camilo Freedman/Aphotografia via Getty Images

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan signed an agreement with El Salvador on Monday, giving Salvadorans covered by the Temporary Protected Status program (TPS) an extra year to return to their home country.

Why it matters: There are around 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. under the special, temporary status, which is provided to people who are unable to return to their home country due to violence or catastrophe. A federal court has temporarily blocked the administration from ending the program for El Salvador.