Trump threatens to paralyze visa issuance to countries that do not repatriate their citizens

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By Carmen Rodriguez, Washington DC

El presidente Donald Trump, signed a memorandum on Friday threatening to paralyze the issuance of visas in countries that do not repatriate their citizens, due to the health crisis unleashed by the coronavirus.

The document addressed to the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Friday evening, ask the DHS secretary, to report on countries that are denying or delaying “acceptance of people who are citizens, residents or nationals of the country”.

According to the information in the document, countries that are not accepting the repatriation or entry of their citizens who are stranded in the United States, will receive a notification in the next seven days.

If received the notification, Governments refuse to receive their citizens and residents, the American Government will begin the execution of its plan to impose sanctions on these countries, including suspension of visa issuance at their embassies.

The act of not cooperating with the repatriation of citizens of other countries, trapped in American territory, will be taken as a block to the plans that the United States has to protect the health of its citizens.

El Salvador in the list

For now, Latin American countries that are denying the arrival or entry of their citizens are Argentina and El Salvador. Thousands of its citizens are stranded in different American cities due to the measures taken in their countries by the health emergency.

Despite the fact that the Salvadoran Constitutional Chamber, this week ordered the government, create a plan to repatriate your citizens, no answer yet. The measure was also approved days before by the Legislative Assembly.

According to data from civil organizations and the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry, more of 4 thousand Salvadorans are stranded in various countries around the world. The number of how many Salvadorans are in the United States is unknown and representatives of the consular offices in this country, they assure that all that information is concentrated in the Chancellery.

According to data from the Argentine consular offices, about 5 thousand Argentines are stranded in the United States and others 15 thousand in various countries. The Argentine government suspended the arrival of planes and the entry of its citizens two weeks ago, as part of the measures taken by health emergencies.

The document sent by the White House to the State Department and DHS, clarifies that once the countries that are denying entry to their citizens resume the processes to receive them, the order for the suspension of visa issuance, will be without effect.