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Healing Central America Starts With Women

Ana I. Grande | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ana I. Grande

Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

Policy Alternatives for Central America in Conflict and Crisis

Noah Bullock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Noah Bullock

The media spotlight has all but moved on from the recently white-hot humanitarian crisis on the Southern U.S. border involving upwards of 60,000 child refugees from Central America. Sadly, the region has faded from the headlines, but the conditions on the ground that force families from their homes persist.

First and Foremost, Border-Children Crisis Is a Civil Courts Crisis

Sara Warner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

When we cut courts funding, the criminal-court side of the system gets first call on resources -- it has all those pesky constitutional guarantees that prevent years of backlog. So civil courts get less and less.

The Immigration Crisis: Just Another Byproduct of the Drug War

Neill Franklin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Neill Franklin

Until we alter our drug strategy, we can expect more murder and mayhem south of our border -- and greater numbers of immigrants fleeing north for safety.

A Parent's Courage

Julieta Garibay | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julieta Garibay

I saw firsthand the pain of refugees knocking at our nation's door trying to stay alive. We can't forget that this debate must be centered on the simple fact that they're human beings.

Children in the Desert

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This crisis needs a compassionate response from every city and our entire nation. I shudder when I see the angry outbursts about these helpless children coming from some communities.

'Most Dangerous' for Children and Human Rights

Freedom House | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
Freedom House

Children reaching the United States should be considered refugees and be granted temporary protected status until they can be guaranteed a safe return to their homes.

On the Fence

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I have never believed the old saying that good fences make good neighbors because, really, who wants to live next door to a guy who deals in stolen merchandise?

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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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.