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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?"

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.

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.

G'head, Do the Gangs a Favor, Deport the Kids to Central America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The gangs continue growing in numbers because of the relative powerlessness of the authorities in Central America. The police are outgunned and easily corrupted, while the judges and politicians are effortlessly cowed.

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.

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...

Determination Defined: The Carmen Rodriguez Story

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.

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 ...

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.

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...

The Refugee Option Obama Will Ignore

Dan Kowalski | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

Under existing law, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama could solve the current crisis of the Central American children coming to America without visas.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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.

Remembering What Is in the Best Interest of the Child

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

As we confront problems in society, the lives of children in this country and across the world would improve if we would more often just ask and answer one simple question: is it in the best interest of the child?

How US Aid to Central America's Rich Drives Its Poor to Our Borders

Jeff Faux | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Lost in the domestic political noise is the role that US foreign policy plays in creating the intolerable conditions that drive the streams of immigration from the south. Ninety-five percent of the children in this latest flood come from nations that are virtual economic colonies of the U.S.

How the US Is Bullying El Salvador Into Using Monsanto's GMO Seeds

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our government is missing the chance to correct past mistakes and to partner with the Salvadoran people as they journey toward a just and peaceful society. The American people can do better.

Child Migrants from Central America: 'War Refugees'

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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.