1. Wide, US President Donald Trump seated behind desk in Oval Office
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"Well, thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it. I'm thrilled to be with a very, very important man in Guatemala the minister Enrique Degenhart. We are doing a very important signing. It's a historic asylum or safe third agreement between our two countries. Very important event. We've long been working with Guatemala. Now we can do it the right way. It's going to be terrific for them and terrific for the United States. This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and the smugglers out of business. These are bad people. These are very, very bad, sick, deranged people will make a lot of money off other people's miseries. It is going to provide safety for legitimate asylum seekers and stop asylum fraud and abuses of the system. This also transformative ... in this step it will take. And many, many, many steps it will take toward security safety for Guatemala and signifies the incredible bright future for their country. "
3. Various, Trump walks behind desk as agreement is signed by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"So that's a very big thing. It's a very important signature. Never been done before. Thank you very much Enrique. Thank you. Yes. Thank you very much.
Degenhart: Thank you very much sir. Thank you. At your service sir.
Say hello to the president.
Degenhart: I will sir.
Thank you very much. OK. Thank you all very much appreciate it.
Reporter: Mr. President what difference will this make, do you think sir?
Look, we've been dealing for many years I would say with Guatemala and with other countries and we are now at a point where we are, we just get along and they're doing what we've asked them to do and I think it's going to be a great thing for Guatemala. They don't want these problems either. So what we were able to get this done and we got it done fairly quickly but this is after many, many years. Mexico also is working along with us very nicely I mean tremendously, actually."
President Donald Trump said Friday Guatemala is signing an agreement to restrict asylum applications to the U.S. from Central America.
The so-called "safe-third agreement" would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border. It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system and hand Trump a concession he could herald as a win.
The two countries had negotiated such an agreement for months, and Trump Wednesday threatened to place tariffs or other consequences on the country if it didn't reach a deal.
It's not clear how the agreement will take effect.
Guatemala's Constitutional Court granted three injunctions preventing its government from entering into a deal.