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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.

Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

Dear Tea Party, America's Addiction to Illegal Drugs and Cheap Labor Causes Illegal Immigration

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It's against the law to buy $28 billion of cocaine and it's against the law to hire illegal immigrants to pick our crops, but we do both. It's time to face the reality that we've caused the border crisis.

Is America to Blame for the Crisis on the Border?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The roots of this crisis go back decades, to a time when the American government thought it was more important to frustrate the Russians than to end a bloodbath. A natural question is, how long are we responsible for the sins and errors of the past?

Drugs, Violence and Immigration: Think Twice, America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 07.06.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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.