Also interviewed on Democracy Now (and these are interrelated stories) is Alan Nairn speaking about the death squads that were sponsored (as well as reinforced) by U.S. CIA (and related) forces, and how these sickos left open graves full of the bodies of women and children.
The key point that Mr. Nairn raised, in addition to calling for powerful figures to legally account for their actions, was the idea that "if you burn down your neighbor's house, don't be surprised if he stands on your lawn."
The analogy was offered in response to the arguments framed by mainstream media that never discuss the impacts of NAFTA (and military-style interventions throughout Central American governments) and what resulted in the form of decimated jobs, farming that couldn't compete with foods imported that were heavily subsidized by the U.S. govt., and the always tragic and inevitable link between the poverty of despair and rising gang violence.
Hence--U.S. policies burnt down the Guatemala "house," and its people seek asylum inside the U.S. because their lands, livelihoods, and right to some semblance of a safe pursuit of happiness have all been decimated.
But you'll never hear Trump or the right wing circus talk about THAT. Just the nonsense about "this is ours," and "that's yours," and "stay the f--k out. End of story." And simpleton fools buy it.