What They're Saying: Gerardo Paiz

"[The U.S. embassy] interviewed them, but they don't tell you anything. They only interview you and they tell you that your visa has been rejected and that's it, they don't explain much else. It's happened with other national teams that [they say] yes to some and don't give the visa to others. In this particular case, they denied all of them the visa, it wasn't some yes and others no."

-- Guatemala federation president Gerardo Paiz, on 11 Guatemalans denied visas to travel to the United States for the Concacaf U-15 Boys Championship that begins Aug. 4 in Bradenton, Florida. Paiz said Guatemala still plans to send a team, filling out the roster with nine player to supplement the nine other players already granted visas. More than 235,000 Guatemalans -- more than from any other nation -- have been apprehended at the USA-Mexico border so far this year. Later on Friday, the White House announced that Guatemala, in a switch in its stance, agreed to sign the Safe Third Country Agreement, which deals with migrants seeking asylum. (ESPN)
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