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Drugs, Violence and Immigration: Think Twice, America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gen. Kelly's article should be read carefully by every American who uses illegal drugs and is under the delusion that it's okay because they're not hurting anyone but themselves.

Who's Responsible for the Flight of Honduran Children?

Dana Frank | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Dana Frank

As young Hondurans risk spectacular dangers crossing borders to try to escape their country's horror, the U.S. should take responsibility for that nightmare, and cut its ties with gang of oligarchs running Honduras, stop pouring funds into their police and military-including funds for police training.

U.S. Should Show Compassion Toward Children

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 09.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Randy Jurado Ertll

The Obama administration has now announced that it is going to stop releasing children to family members. Instead, it plans to build more detention centers and expel children more quickly. This is not a humane response.

Hammering Away at Illegal Immigration from Central America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Renowned American psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if i...

Reflections for Independence Day - Central American Child Refugees and Our American Conscience

Miguel Guadalupe | Posted 09.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Miguel Guadalupe

While my family and I enjoy the privilege of a semi-suburban life, I wonder what it would take for me to willfully pay a stranger to take them thousands of miles away, alone, to another country with the probability of never seeing them again.

Responsibility for the Tragedy

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

It would be so much easier if there were a villain to blame for the Central America refugee crisis. Instead the crisis is the result of a mix of gang violence, drug wars, weak judiciaries, corrupt security institutions, grinding poverty and inequality, and the failure of the American political system.

Deport the Children to Honduras and Stoke the Fire There

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

As immediately gratifying as it may be to those who want to strictly enforce U.S. immigration laws, the symptomatic approach is just making things worse.

The Unsung Heroes in the Immigration Crisis

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

The wave of unaccompanied children from Central America flooding the U.S. border is a regrettable situation that is taxing many federal government agencies - none more severely than the U.S. Border Patrol.

Great, Another Tone Deaf Honduran President

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Mr. Hernández, who spent more than a week in Brazil for the World Cup, tried to defend his trip by arguing that it was not all play and no work. And while it may be true, it's hard to swallow in a country like Honduras with such a wide range crises, including the tragic exodus of its children due to fear and hopelessness.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

America's War on Drugs Ravages Central America -- And These Volunteer Paramedics Clean Up the Mess

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Losing Sleep Over Families in Immigration Detention

Michelle Brané | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

There have been a lot of sleepless nights at the Women's Refugee Commission lately. Despite our best intentions of leaving work at work, our minds have been fixed on the Southern border, where a humanitarian crisis affecting primarily women and children is worsening by the day.

The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the United States: Stumbling Towards a Humanitarian Solution

Donald Kerwin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Members of Congress and polarizing media figures rarely forego the opportunity to offer facile, politically-driven "solutions" to complex social and human problems, and this crisis has been no exception.

Elise Foley

Obama Administration To 'Surge' Immigration Enforcement On Border | Elise Foley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to "surge" its immigration enforcement, open facilities to detain families and provide additional support...

Elise Foley

Democrat Unveils Plan For Border Crisis | Elise Foley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) unveiled a 20-point plan on Thursday for beginning to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing t...

Child Migrants from Central America: 'War Refugees'

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

When people like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas blame the current surge in Central American immigrants on the Obama administration's "lax" immigration policies, they just don't know what they're talking about.

Mr. Biden's Disingenuous Mission to Central America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Please wake up, America: US immigration policies have little or nothing to do with the growing Central American refugee crisis, now being driven by children trying to escape the violence in their countries and avoid being forcibly recruited by gangs and cartels.

Child Exodus From Central America: This Ain't Just Immigration Anymore

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

More than 1,100 Central American kids are currently being held at a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Nogales, Texas. This number will quickly grow, as more than 400 children are trying to cross the border daily.

How Two 9 Year-Old Girls Saved the Rainforest of Costa Rica

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
The GypsyNesters

We wondered what was up, and the answer was a bit surprising, most of the ropes can be traced back to a couple of 9-year-old girls. What? That's right, two kids with a big idea had a huge impact on the ecosystem of the region.

Obama's Speech, Latin America, and the World as It Should Be

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

There's much in Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point that resonates for those who would like to see a just foreign policy towards Latin America.

EVERYBODY PANIC: There May Be Fungus In Our Coffee!

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weird News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down t...

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

The issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?

On Earth Day, Remember the World's Poor

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Bill O'Keefe Today is Earth Day, bringing to mind images that have been thought of since the first such celebration in 1970, of belching smokestac...

Third Time's the Charm for International Film Festival of Panama

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

IFF Panama's significance on the film festival circuit was firmly established by its third edition, which wrapped April 9 in Panama City. Festival...

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.