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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.

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.

El Salvador: We Can Help Usher in a New Era of Peace with Justice

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Could we somehow take part, not in "fixing" the existing problems, but in accompanying the Salvadoran people on their journey toward a peaceful and just society?

Measuring Misery in Latin America: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data from the Economist Intelligence Unit exist. A higher score in the misery index means that the country, and its constituents, are more miserable. Indeed, this is a table where you do not want to be first.

Small Business

Mike Farrell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old.

My Church Is Calling for the Regulation of Drugs As a Path Towards Peace

Martin Diaz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Diaz

Latin America has provided the highest number of deaths in the war on drugs. For that reason, it is Latin America that is leading the debate on drug policy reform because we can no longer leave our health, our safety, and our rights in the hands of criminals.

El Salvador: New Government, New Opportunity for Peace?

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Sarah Stephens

On June 1st, El Salvador's former insurgents, the FMLN, will see its candidate, President-Elect Sánchez Cerén, sworn into office following a peaceful transition. But, he will immediately face a deeply difficult problem.

Truce With Massive Street Gang Not Working

AP | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The government of El Salvador says the truce between the country's main Mara street gangs hasn't worked, and that k...

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.

Justice in El Salvador

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Contrary to President Obama's assertion that we should "look forward, not back," it's time to look back and take responsibility for the crimes in which we were complicit so that we never commit the same mistakes again.