US sending asylum seekers to Central America

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. government plans to begin sending Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala and has finalized steps with Honduras to begin sending asylum seekers from other countries there.

These developments stem from bilateral agreements the U.S. signed with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador last year.

The U.S. began sending asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil to Honduras as early as the end of the month. The so-called "Asylum Cooperation Agreements," or ACAs are among a series of measures by the Trump administration aimed at reducing the number of asylum applicants arriving at the southwest border.