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Mexico's Leaked 'El Chapo' Texts Reveal Huge Problems With Its Legal System

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:47 AM

Since recapturing fugitive drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera last month, Mexican authorities have been eager to prolong the drama. They released footage of the operation, as well as surveillance video showing the moment that Guzmán hijacked a car in order to escape....

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Woman Deported After Visiting Mexico Will Be Allowed To Return: Lawyer

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:08 PM

An undocumented woman who was deported this week after traveling to Mexico, even though she had authorization to make the trip to her native country, will be allowed to return to the U.S., but will likely be placed in deportation proceedings when she arrives, her lawyer said Thursday.


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DACA Recipient Deported After Visiting Mexico

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 6:18 PM

Authorities in Chicago deported an undocumented woman to Mexico -- even after she obtained permission to remain in the United States and travel to her native country, activists and her attorney say.

While immigration authorities insist Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, 32, wasn’t eligible to re-enter the United States,...

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El Chapo Isn’t Receiving Conjugal Visits In Prison, For A Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:16 AM

Drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera hasn’t received any conjugal visits since authorities recaptured him this month, Mexican media reports.

Spending more than two weeks in a maximum security prison without sex is unusual for Guzmán.

While locked up at the Puente Grande prison in the...

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6 Things Going On In Mexico's Drug War That Matter More Than El Chapo

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 11:05 AM

For all the attention the second recapture of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera has received, it would appear that the future of Mexico’s drug war depends on this one man.

It doesn’t. Capturing the leader of Mexico's largest drug trafficking organization was...

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Meet The Man Who Runs The Sinaloa Cartel... With Or Without 'El Chapo'

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 6:19 AM

He was born in the countryside of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, entered the drug trade as a teenager and presides over what many believe is the hemisphere's largest drug trafficking operation. But unlike recently recaptured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, he isn’t a household name.

Ismael “El...

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Murder Rate Climbs In Mexico, Even As The Government Celebrates El Chapo’s Recapture

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Intentional homicides in Mexico rose nearly 8 percent last year to 18,650, reversing a steady decline in the number of killings that authorities had trumpeted as evidence of improving security.

The data,...

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One Extremely Important Takeaway From Rolling Stone’s ‘El Chapo’ Story

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 3:03 PM

Actor Sean Penn lamented in a Sunday interview with Charlie Rose that his Rolling Stone article about the famed Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera "failed" because it didn't provoke a debate about the ethics of the drug war.

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Mexico Not Sure When It Will Seal Tunnel ‘El Chapo’ Used To Escape

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:51 AM

Mexican authorities still haven’t closed up the hole that drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera used to escape from a maximum security prison in July.

Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong told reporters Wednesday that authorities were waiting for...

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A U.S. Trial For El Chapo Could Expose More Than Some Americans Want

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Putting drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán on trial in a U.S. court could offer a peek into how far Mexico’s biggest drug cartel has penetrated government institutions and private enterprises on both sides of the border. 

But first, Mexican officials would have fly Guzmán to the United States --...

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El Salvador Deemed Too Dangerous For Peace Corps, But Not For Deportees

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:35 AM

The Obama administration considers El Salvador too dangerous for Peace Corps volunteers, but will continue to send mothers and children with orders for deportation to the country. 

The Peace Corps announced Monday that it is temporarily suspending its El Salvador program "due to the ongoing...

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ICE Lied To Get Inside Immigrants' Homes During Raids, Lawyers Say

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:58 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers tricked several people in Atlanta into opening their doors so they could enter without a search warrant and detain people slated for deportation in a series of controversial raids earlier this month, immigrants and lawyers told The Huffington Post.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is...

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Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Has Been Caught, Says Mexican President

(16) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:24 PM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via Twitter on Friday that drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known...

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America’s Oldest Spanish-Language Newspaper Struggles For Survival

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 12:06 PM

NEW YORK -- The country’s oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa, began 2016 facing an uncertain future, as staff cuts and tensions between the union, the NewsGuild of New York, and the paper's owners compound an already difficult transition to the web.

The paper’s...

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Some Women, Kids Picked Up In Raids May Be Able To Stay In U.S.

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- An immigration court granted temporary relief late Tuesday to four families picked up by deportation raids, according to attorneys, calling into question whether the mothers and children the Obama administration targeted have truly exhausted their chances to remain in the United States.


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Puerto Ricans Are Fleeing The Island's Economic Woes

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 2:43 PM

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans fled the island in 2015, as Puerto Rico faces an ongoing economic crisis that Congress has failed to address. 

The island's population shrunk by nearly 61,000 people from July 2014 to July 2015, mostly due to migration,...

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El Salvador Is On Track To Become World Homicide Leader

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 5:13 PM

El Salvador’s homicide rate jumped 70 percent this year, putting the country on track to become the most dangerous in the world.

The homicide rate had dropped in recent years after the country’s gangs reached a truce that limited the violence there. But...

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U.S. Security Aid To Mexico Dwindles Amid Human Rights Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 6:11 PM

The United States is slowing the pace of security aid to Mexico amid an ongoing human rights disaster that led the State Department to withhold some $5 million in aid earlier this year.

The budget Congress approved earlier this month awards roughly $146...

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Why The Cuba Trade Embargo Still Isn't Going Anywhere

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic that's making headlines around the world. Today, we speak with journalist Ann Louise Bardach, who has covered Cuba and Cuban-American politics for more than two decades.

On Dec. 17 last year, President Barack...

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ICE Deportations Dropped Again In 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 1:31 PM

The number of immigrants deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped for the third consecutive year in 2015, according to figures the Department of Homeland Security released Tuesday.

The data also shows a decline in the number of people attempting to cross...

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