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'Exceptional American'

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

What would be exceptional is if we looked at our border crisis as a humanitarian situation, and we reflected on our responsibility for helping fuel it in the first place. If we looked at it from the broader standpoint of what is compassionate, as opposed to the more narrower one of what is legal.

The Immigration Crisis: Just Another Byproduct of the Drug War

Neill Franklin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Neill Franklin

Until we alter our drug strategy, we can expect more murder and mayhem south of our border -- and greater numbers of immigrants fleeing north for safety.

It's Blackout Season Again in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Marco Cáceres

As if it didn't have enough problems already, Honduras is having to endure a severe shortage of electricity, which has caused the National Electric Power Company (ENEE) to begin rationing power.

Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

Mark Hetfield | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Hetfield

The children at the border are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws. This is a life and death issue.

The Panama Canal - Part 1 of 3

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far. Theodore Roosevelt It will soon be 100 years since the opening of the Panama Canal, a feat of ...

Let the Little Children Come to Me

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Yes, we need a comprehensive immigration reform plan, and yes, we need to strengthen our boarders for our own security reasons, but these children are here now and need to be shown compassion.

What Can You See Across a Border?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

How can we see people across borders when we build higher and higher walls? How can we see people across borders from thousands of feet in the air?

In Central America, War Without a Name and Refugees Without Papers

Noah Bullock | Posted 10.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Noah Bullock

It will take political courage from leaders on both sides of the border to recognize the gravity of the violent conflict and break the ideological and policy paralysis around immigration and the obligation to protect.

Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

Cristina Lopez G. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristina Lopez G.

Understanding or explaining the immigration "phenomenon" that drives Central Americans to the United States doesn't require major academic research or political philosophy theories, because it's a matter of incentives, a concept so characteristic to the human condition and so basic to the framework of economic theory.

10 Tips for Road-Tripping With Toddlers

Fathom | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
Fathom

A well-traveled mom knows how to keep the kids happy (and herself sane) while in the driver's seat.

Syracuse And The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

Vincent Intondi | Posted 09.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Vincent Intondi

I am reminded of the teenager who welcomed me into his home, loved American music and was the farthest thing from MS-13 anyone could be. At the end of the day these are human beings. They are children.

George Will to Child Migrants: 'Welcome to America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The issue of what to do with the tens of thousands of child migrants from Central America is a complex one to answer. A much easier question to answer is, "Would you deport these kids knowing that there's a good chance they would be hurt or killed within days or weeks of their return?"

Unaccompanied Minors? Blame a Century of U.S. Central American Foreign Policy

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

There's plenty of blame among both Republican and Democratic governments in the past two decades. But so much of the current debate in the United States overlooks the background of how Central America came to be countries of such violence, corruption, insecurity and relative poverty.

Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Governments Must Reassess Their Priorities

Luis E. Montes | Posted 09.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis E. Montes

For there to be real progress, there must be a real focus on the issues that matter. It's time for the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to assume responsibility, look introspectively, clean up and strengthen their institutions to stop the exodus.

Obama Tells Central America Leaders Undocumented Migrants To Be Sent Home

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Central American leaders on Friday that his administration had compassion for the influx...

Obama Hosts Central American Leaders At The White House To Discuss Border Crisis

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to hel...

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.

The Story of Exodus (... the One From Central America)

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful country to the north. The country was having problems with foreigners who had illegally crossed its borders and formed gangs to defend themselves against local, more established gangs.

Marshall Plan for the Northern Triangle?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

There are two general views on how best to address the illegal immigration crisis the United States is facing on its southern border, notably as it relates to the tens of thousands of child migrants who have been arriving in the US from the "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras during the past few months.

Not All Migrant Kids Are Equal: Central Americans Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get the Boot

Erin Siegal McIntyre | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Erin Siegal McIntyre

There's a big difference between how Mexican and Central American kids are treated once they cross the border. Mexican children and teens are deported almost immediately, in what's called expedited repatriation. The Central Americans aren't-- that is, yet.

A Child From Guatemala (a True Story)

Jorge Mérida | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Jorge Mérida

This is the story of a child, refugee, and immigrant now cataloged as a humanitarian emergency who, in debilitating languor, waits for the good will of an American government to save him.

Reigniting a Passion for International Service

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Peace Corps has always been about igniting a passion for service. When it was created by President John F. Kennedy, it presented a model for international service that was so unique, so unprecedented, that many said it will never work.

Lifting Up Copán Ruinas, Honduras to the World

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

On Saturday, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that the Central American Bank for Economic Integration will be financing the construction of a new road from Chamelecón -- a suburb of San Pedro Sula -- to La Entrada.

Why We Should Appreciate Those Who Keep Us Safe

Miguel Guadalupe | Posted 09.20.2014 | Crime
Miguel Guadalupe

That local politicians, other police forces, and more importantly, the surrounding communities can band together in the face of danger insures that we as citizens can depend upon the general safety and security necessary to carry on with our own lives.

Why the Central American Children Migrants Need Full Adjudication of Their Protection Claims

Donald Kerwin | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to eviscerate the heretofore obscure (now demonized) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), it makes sense to review the case for change and to query whether the proposed cure might not do more harm than good.