He also thanked outgoing President Jimmy Morales, saying that during his tenure "relations between Israel and Guatemala reached new heights, thanks also to his correct and courageous decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the Guatemalan Embassy there".
Guatemala's next leader, Alejandro Giammattei, could not have asked for clearer endorsement of his skepticism toward President Donald Trump's proposed immigration deal than when a visiting US lawmaker last week said the plan was unfeasible.
This would make Honduran and El Salvadoran migrants apply for asylum in Guatemala instead of the U.S. Giammattei said the U.S. may be forced to change the deal because of a lawsuit against a different Safe Third Country agreement.
The new Guatemalan leader added, "if we can't take care of our own people, imagine what it would be like for foreigners".
The safe third country agreement is deeply unpopular in Guatemala.More news: Partnership Between NFL and Jay-Z Reportedly in the Works
He will also need to negotiate with President Trump, who last month threatened to impose a travel ban, tariffs on exports and taxes on migrants' remittances if Guatemala did not comply with his immigration ambitions.
"I hope that during this transition the doors will open to get more information so we can see what, from a diplomatic point of view, we can do to remove from this deal the things that are not right for us, or how we can come to an agreement with the United States", Giammattei, 63, said in an interview.
Until courts prevented some of the more popular candidates from running in this year's race, he also appeared to be a long-shot candidate in a tumultuous campaign season. There has been widespread criticism of the deal in Guatemala.
There are reports the deal may involve financial help for more migrant facilities in Guatemala, and United States personnel to help train people in dealing with what would be an enormous and impossible surge in asylum applications. To do that, government business must be made transparent, by putting its transactions online, the veteran bureaucrat said.
Migrants who continue their journey north to the United States in spite of the new restrictions will be returned to Guatemala, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.More news: Death toll in Kerala and Karnataka touches 131, flood rescue continues
"Right now it's having a positive impact, and it's probably due to that", Recinos said during an interview in Guatemala City.
The veteran bureaucrat has promised to erect an "investment wall" on the border with Mexico to curb migration.
On another matter, the incoming leader distanced himself from Morales' unpopular decision to not renew the mandate of the United Nations -sponsored anti-corruption commission that has played a key role in sending high-ranking politicians, including ex-presidents, to jail. During his campaign he said that the death penalty should be reinstated and members of gangs should be treated as terrorists.
Last year, Morales announced that he would not renew the commission's mandate, which expires next month - essentially shutting down the anti-graft group.More news: Jamie Chadwick celebrates inaugural W Series title win!