Ambassador Arreaga participated in the launch of a database to facilitate the Immigrant Visa application process (Guatemalan citizens seeking to be residents in the U.S.), developed by the Guatemalan Public Ministry and the Consular Section of the Embassy. This database will help simplify the immigrant visa application process, allowing the Guatemalan applicant to request their information online and schedule a date to collect them. Visit this link to find out about immigrant visas https://gt.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/immigrant-visas-es/
In his speech, Ambassador Arreaga highlighted that in fiscal year 2019, more than 811,000 people have been arrested at the border and more than 250,000 have been returned. The U.S. is actively deporting undocumented immigrants and illegal workers. He also noted that according to the new rules, an asylum application at the U.S. border no longer allows migrants to enter and remain in the country. They have to apply for asylum in the first country they arrived on their journey and the request must have been rejected.