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Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

Cristina Lopez G. | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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.

Copán Ruinas, Honduras: A Healing Place

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Marco Cáceres

I sensed Copán was a special place almost from the moment I arrived on the bus and started walking down one of the cobblestone streets leading to its central park. There was just something "other worldly" about it.

The Privilege of Normalcy

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Ian Reifowitz

No one who hasn't experienced it can understand how hellish a place must be for parents to send their offspring -- unaccompanied -- into and across Mexico on the hope that they'll be able to make it over the American border.

Honduran President Blames U.S. Drug Policy For Migrant Surge

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, July 14 (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and dri...

Border Crisis: Palin vs. Obama (Video)

Dan McDermott | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Dan McDermott

I discussed Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama and the causes of the crisis on the US-Mexican border on The Weekend Show with...

Central American Minors Seek Refuge in the US: A Crisis of Children as Targets of War

Anita Sinha | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Children have been all over the news, and for the wrong reasons. We know that children are increasingly the targets of wars across the world. Some of them are coming from neighboring countries into the U.S. to seek refuge. We should at least give them a fair chance to make their case.

The Children on the Rio Grande Have Families and They Are Here

Roberto Suro | Posted 07.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Roberto Suro

The Central American children fording the Rio Grande by the thousands each week this summer are heading to homes in the United States where parents and other relatives await them. They are not mindlessly fleeing crime and poverty. They are fleeing with a purpose and with a direction in mind.

Time for Cooler Heads to Prevail on Migrant Children

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Seth M.M. Stodder

Some would say that instead of providing more funds to care for children, we should crack down by amending the law to allow for summary deportations, and by dramatically increasing our enforcement capabilities at the border. This reflects neither the reality of the problem nor our values as a nation.

Honduras: A Nation of Refugees

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gaining refugee status would be good news for the migrants, because it would mean they would not automatically be deported to their home countries. Instead, they would receive international protection.