Central America

  • Mexico Jan 31

    US Finds Ally in Mexico as Asylum Policy Marks First Year

    It’s been a year since the Trump administration adopted a policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The practice has gone a long way toward making Mexico a key ally in President Donald Trump’s response to a surge of migrant families, most of them from Central America.

  • Mexico Jan 24

    Mexican Guardsmen Break Up Migrant Caravan Along Highway

    Eight hundred Central American migrants have been hauled onto to buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway

  • Mexico Jan 19

    Mexico Blocks Hundreds of Migrants From Crossing Border Span

    More than 200 mostly Honduran migrants rested on a bridge at the Guatemala-Mexico border waiting for the arrival of others and hoping sheer numbers will improve their chances of entering Mexico and continuing their journey north....

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    Across the river from Tecun Uman, in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, National Guard troops with riot shields trucked in throughout Friday afternoon...

  • Central America Jan 16

    Lawsuit Calls Trump’s Asylum Agreements With Central American Nations ‘Illegal’

    Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed Wednesday.

  • border patrol Jan 10

    US Border Arrests Drop as Trump Administration Turns Focus to Mexicans

    Authorities say the number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States along the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans outpacing Central Americans among the detainees. U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December, down 5% from 42,651 in November and down 72% from...

  • Associated Press Jan 17, 2019

    More Migrant Families Separated Than Initially Reported

    Thousands more migrant families may have been separated than the government initially reported, a watchdog group said, possibly due to ongoing problems keeping track of children.

  • Canada Nov 11, 2019

    Mercury Putting on Rare Show Monday, Parading Across the Sun

    Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show today, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It begins at 7:35 a.m. EST. The entire 5 ½-hour event will be visible, weather permitting, in the...

  • attorney Oct 25, 2019

    Tally of Children Split at Border Tops 5,400 in New Count

    U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. The ACLU said the administration told its attorneys that 1,556 children were separated from July 1, 2017, to June...

  • Mexico Oct 19, 2019

    Asylum-Seeking Mexicans Are More Prominent at US Border

    Lizbeth Garcia tended to her 3-year-old son outside a tent pitched on a sidewalk, their temporary home while they wait for their number to be called to claim asylum in the United States. The 33-year-old fled Mexico’s western state of Michoacán a few weeks ago with her husband and five children — ages 3 to 12 — when her husband,...

  • NBC News Oct 12, 2019

    Laser-Scanning Tech Uncovers Huge Network of Ancient Mayan Farms

    Deep within a rainforest in Belize, scientists using lasers beamed from an airplane to peer beneath the dense foliage have discovered evidence of a vast network of ancient Maya farms that date back thousands of years, NBC News reports. The findings, part of more than 20 years of research in this part of Central America, show how the ancient Maya...

  • Mayor Oct 11, 2019

    US-Mexico Border Bridge Reopens After Migrants Camp Out

    Migrants wanting to request asylum camped out on a U.S.-Mexico border bridge Thursday, leading to a half-day closure of a span linking the Mexican city of Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas. Hundreds of migrants from Central America and elsewhere stretched out on the bridge before dawn, with some lying on mats or their coats. The crowd included children and babies. U.S....

  • Congress Sep 29, 2019

    Explained: Abortion Rights in Mexico and Latin America

    Mexican women on Saturday marched for abortion rights, highlighting increased efforts across Latin America to lift some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Efforts to legalize abortion have emerged in the region as some societies become more liberal and the Roman Catholic Church loses sway amid clerical sex abuse cases. Mexico City, along with Cuba and Uruguay, are the...

  • Donald Trump Sep 20, 2019

    US, El Salvador Sign Asylum Deal, Details to Be Worked Out

    The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world’s most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before it would go into effect, according to a draft copy of the agreement...

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Mexico Declares Success Slowing Migrant Flow as US Border Crossings Decline

    Mexico says the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen by 56 percent since an agreement with U.S. officials three months ago to reduce the flow. Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard declared the measures a success Friday. He also said the deployment of the National Guard has generated few complaints about human rights violations.

  • Florida Aug 23, 2019

    Kinkajou Attack on Florida Man 911 Calls Released

    Officials have released 911 calls from last month’s kinkajou attack at an apartment in which a Florida man was injured.

  • judge Aug 15, 2019

    Panel Rules Soap, Sleep Essential to Migrant Kids’ Safety

    Immigrant children detained by the U.S. government should get edible food, clean water, soap and toothpaste under a longstanding agreement over detention conditions, a federal appeals panel ruled Thursday in dismissing a Trump administration bid to limit what must be provided.

  • Donald Trump Aug 12, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Make It Harder for Low-Income Immigrants to Stay

    The Trump administration introduced a new rule Monday making it harder for low-income immigrants who receive food stamps or other forms of taxpayer-funded assistance to stay in the country legally, NBC News reported. The rule would require immigrants applying for a change in immigration status (like a green card) or those seeking to come here to prove that they are...

  • Congress Aug 11, 2019

    Pelosi: Immigration Reform Is Congress’ Moral Responsibility

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees comprehensive immigration reform not only as Congress’ official work but also as its moral responsibility as she finishes up a tour of Central America. Pelosi traveled with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and possible solutions. The group visited Guatemala and El Salvador, along with migrant detention facilities in McAllen,...

  • Donald Trump Aug 8, 2019

    Number of Migrants Waiting at US Border Surges to 50,000

    The Cameroonian men who share 10 mattresses on the floor of a third-floor apartment above a barber shop walk every morning to the busiest U.S. border crossing with Mexico, hoping against all odds that it will be their lucky day to claim asylum in the United States.

  • China Aug 7, 2019

    Venezuela Talks in the Balance as US Ups Pressure on Maduro

    For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country’s prolonged political standoff. The meetings have been slow-going and shrouded in mystery, with neither side disclosing details. But now Maduro’s supporters are accusing the U.S....

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