Last week, Nicaragua’s parliament passed amendments to the country’s constitution concerning the National Police.
The changes subordinate the corps entirely to the government and stipulate penalties for defecting officers.
Amid a surge of departures, some officers and regime supporters are reportedly seeking refuge in the United States, capitalizing on a migration initiative implemented by the U.S. administration in January.
The initiative, aiming to alleviate illegal immigration pressure on the Mexico border, allows up to 30,000 immigrants monthly from Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, and Haiti.
Despite 2020 sanctions against the National Police for their role in Nicaragua, some agents are purportedly benefiting from this new policy.
Prominent among these cases is María de Jesús Guzmán Gutiérrez, former head of the National Police command in Matagalpa.
Having fled to the U.S., Guzmán Gutiérrez’s case underlines the initiative’s alleged deficiencies, with critics citing lax eligibility criteria.
The requirements primarily entail economic solvency for the sponsor, and a clean criminal record within U.S. territory for the beneficiary, with no in-depth examination like political asylum cases.
The Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa reportedly identified over 30 former regime supporters now residing in the U.S.
Meanwhile, at least three Nicaraguan priests, purported victims of governmental persecution, were denied U.S. visas due to “unmet requirements”.
In March, the Nicaraguan Permanent Commission on Human Rights reported the presence of individuals linked to the Nicaraguan regime in the U.S. to the State Department.
This included sightings of these individuals at a baseball match in Miami.