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President Colom Did Not Press TPS In Call With Obama

Many of you have noticed that our site has stayed quiet for the last week on the biggest story in US-Guatemalan relations; the discovery that US researchers, with help from Guatemalan health officials, intentionally infected Guatemalan prisoners with Syphilis.  Our decision to not report on this issue was a difficult one, but it was intentional, as we felt that the story had little to do with either TPS or immigration in general.  Still, we held some hope that either the Obama or Colom administration would use this opportunity to press home the other main issue in US-Guatemalan relations: TPS.

Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. Prensa Libre recently reported that President Colom has clearly stated that TPS did not come up during his recent conversation with President Obama.  The conversation occurred when Mr. Obama called Mr. Colom to formally apologize for the abhorrent research. Very little detail was given on the content of the call, and there was some speculation that President Colom may have asked that some progress be made on the TPS issue. However, the Guatemalan president’s statement on the issue makes it clear that this was not the case.

We keenly understand the sensitive nature of international relations, and would not presume to judge what one president should say to another, especially at such a delicate time. We do, however, hope that both sides considered the elephant in the room, even if nobody mentioned it explicitly.

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8 Responses to “President Colom Did Not Press TPS In Call With Obama”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    Thank you for your continued consideration and perspective on this issue.

    Each time bad news comes out of Guatemala since the TPS request, my heart rips apart a little bit. One part wants to reach out to ease the suffering of those affected. The other part hopes the news will shed light on the need for TPS. It is a sickening divide.

    The administration needs to grant TPS immediately. This delay is practically and spiritually damning.

  2. PATRICIA Says:

    NECESITAMOS UNA RESPUESTA PRONTO, PORQUE LA SITUACION, ESTA MUY COMPLICADA PARA NUESTTRA GENTE. SI NUESTRO PRESIDENTE SIGUE ESPERANDO, MUCHAS PERSONAS SE MORIRAN DE HAMBRE,O PEOR SUFRIRAN UNA LENTA AGONIA
    POR LAS CONDICIONES SANITARIAS ,LAS POBRES PERSONAS QUE VIVIAN DE SUS CULTIVOS ,NO PODRAN MAS ,ALMENOS POR EL MOMENTO…Y ELLOS TIENEN SOLO DEPENDEN DE MAS DE ALGUN FAMILIAR QUE VIVE EN, ESTADOS UNIDOS POR ESO ES TAN IMPORTANTE UNA ALLUDA PRONTA DE ESTE GOBIERNO . AL IGUAL COMO LO A ECHO CON NUESTROS PAISES VECINOS . AGO RECALCAR QUE LOS GUATEMALTECOS SOMOS PERSONAS MUY TRABAJADORAS Y AORA MAS QUE NUNCA, CON GANAS DE SALIR ADELANTE ; HONRADAMENTE, SIN MIEDO , Y CON ESPERANZA DE CONSEGUIR UN MEJOR EMPLEO,PARA ALLUDAR ANUESTRA GENTE .

  3. Vayron Says:

    I knew that our president doesn’t care the Guatemalan in the USA.
    in the same time Obamo too.
    Our Guatemalan are along in that Country. Is sad that Colom doesn’t do nothing for his people. Colom does that Obama says and order.

  4. PATRICIA Says:

    por DIOS,NUNCA NOS DIERON RESPUESTA , SE LA PASAN SOLO DICIENDO MENTIRAS
    MIENTRAS NOSOTROS SEGUIMOS ESCONDIDOS,POR MIEDO A QUE NOS DEPORTEN,Y EN ESTE MOMENTO SI ESO SUSEDE A QUE LLEGAMOS A GUATE. SI ESTAMOS EN LA PEOR SITUACION DE NUESTRAS VIDAS,YO ME PREGUNTO QUE PASA CON NUESTRO PRECIDENTE
    QUE NO HACE NADA PARA ALLUDARNOS ES QUE NO LE PREOCUPA LA GENTE QUE LO ELIGIO COMO PRECIDENTE ,ES DESEPCIONANTE QUE NO LE PREOCUPE NUESTRA CITUACION ,NO EXISTIRA OTRA MANERA DE PODER AGARRAR PAPELES LEGALES O TALVEZ ALGUIEN SABE ALGO DEL TPS.PORQUE NUESTRO ILUSTRE PRECIDENTE NO BA HACER NADA.. ALGUIEN QUE NOS ALLUDE !!PORFABOR!!

  5. kim Says:

    I am american born and raised and I support TPS for Guatemala. My husband is from Colotenango and i understand the troubles there are grave. Obama has done nothing but lie about the whole immigration issue. Maybe one day we wont have to be scared if ICE is gonna deport us or our families!

  6. brenda Says:

    queremos una reforma o un tps para guatemala hay muchos deslaves, lluvias y tantos desastres que nuestra guatemala esta pasando, por favor rogamos por el tps mi familia nesesita comida y un techo desente para sobre vivir.

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