As the United States deported hundreds of migrants to Guatemala earlier this year, it said some of the deportees were healthy — even though they tested positive after landing, authorities in the Central American nation said.
“We understand the United States wants to deport people, but what we don’t understand is that they send the flights all contaminated,” Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said during an online event Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Despite the spreading pandemic, U.S. immigration authorities have continued to send thousands of Central Americans back to their home countries.
El Salvador and Honduras, which have both welcomed the deportation flights without complaint, have received shipments of medical aid along with deportees. But Guatemala has been