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‘Don’t get comfortable’: Trump says CA migrants will be ‘sent home’

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the ‘National Emergency' on the United States border with Mexico, saying that migrants from Central America - "the bad 'hombres,' of which there are many, are being detained...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Mexico Prepares for New Migrant Exodus Heading to the US

Authorities from Mexico and Central America met Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of new migrant caravans that intend to head to the United States, Hector Gandini, the spokesman for the Mexican Ministry of the Interior said. Mexico's National Institute of Migration's commissioner, Tonatiuh Guillen,...

US Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Attempt to Reinstate Asylum Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco denied Friday the Donald Trump Administration's judicial maneuver to delay Judge Jon Tigar's order blocking enforcement of its asylum policy. "We agree with the district court that the rule is likely inconsistent with...

Handful of caravan migrants launch hunger strike at U.S. border

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - A handful of the thousands of Central American migrants camped out at the U.S.-Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way. Members...

‘There Were Children,’ says Migrant Mother Tear-gassed at US Border

TIJUANA, MEXICO (VOANews) A migrant mother photographed running with her daughters from tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border said she never expected the U.S. Border Patrol to fire gas canisters at children and families. After traveling north from Honduras and spending a week in the...

Migrant caravan ignites ‘xenophobia’ in Tijuana as protesters shout ‘get out!’

Hundreds of residents of Tijuana gathered on Sunday to demonstrate against the migrant caravan, shouting "no to invasion" and "Mexico for Mexicans", while others condemned the protest, calling it racist and xenophobic. At least 3,000 migrants are in Tijuana, a Mexican city close to the...

Man’s harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

(Associated Press) — The young man traversed Andean mountains, plains and cities in buses, took a harrowing boat ride in which five fellow migrants drowned, walked through thick jungle for days, and finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Then Abdoulaye Camara, from the poor West African...

Majority of US-Bound Migrants Refuse Asylum in Mexico

The majority of Central American migrants, who have been staying in a temporary accommodation center in Mexico City on their way to the United States have refused to receive the status of refugees in Mexico, the country’s Interior Ministry said. The migrants had also refused...

Exiles tell their dramas

They fled. In six months of socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, more than 23,000 people have left the country because they believe their lives are in danger, after participating in anti-government protests. Many of the Nicaraguans who have taken refuge in Costa Rica entered that country...

Honduras migrant caravan organizer detained in Guatemala

(Merco Press) The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as the U.S. government threatened to withdraw aid from both countries and El Salvador if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped. Up to...

Nicaraguan Migrants Fleeing Turmoil Test Costa Rica’s Good Will

(NYT) - PEÑAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — The three men, fearing for their lives, left their homes in western Nicaragua under the cover of night. A taxi drove them south for hours. At a bend in a road, they got out, walked through scrubland...

Daniel Ortega will ask Costa Rica to deliver refugees who fled from justice

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Wednesday, before thousands of Nicaraguans who ratified their support for the Sandinista Government, he would ask Costa Rica to hand over Nicaraguan refugees who committed crimes in the context of a political crisis. Ortega said he will ask Costa Rica...

Number of Nicaraguan Migrants’ requests to Costa Rica Decreases

The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said on Tuesday that they are not suffering from an immigration disorder. "We are not in a situation that forces us to declare a national emergency, or that we already exceed our capabilities." During an interview on a radio...

Costa Rica gets international help to strengthen migrant care

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will expand the technical and financial cooperation offered to the immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)  with the aim of strengthening its services to the public, given the increase in the number of...

Lifestyle migrants bring good intentions—but major change—to Costa Rica

A group of Americans and Europeans has relocated to a Costa Rican community in recent decades, and despite the government cheering the economic jolt, their isolation from locals there more highlights the privilege of these migrants who drastically transform coastal villages, according to a...

‘The truth is we had to leave’: Fleeing Venezuela for Colombia

Cucuta, Colombia – Insecurity, instability and violence have forced more 1.5 million Venezuelans to flee the country since 2014, according to conservative government figures. Over half that population have sought refuge in neighboring Colombia. More than 35,000 people cross the bridge from Venezuela into Colombia...

Costa Rica “On Alert” Of A Migratory Crisis Over Violence in Nicaragua

The political and social crisis that Nicaragua is experiencing has Costa Rica on the verge of a migratory crisis for which it may not be prepared due to lack of resources. The entrance of 3,300 refugees only during June and more than 10,000 applications in...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Melania Trump moved by tale of six-year-old Costa Rican boy abandoned in the Arizona desert

Melania Trump was visibly moved by the tale of a six-year-old Costa Rican boy found abandoned in the desert in Arizona, during her visit in Arizona Thursday to visit border patrol facilities. US Border Patrol agents came across the boy on Tuesday, June 20, just...

Migrants Up Against Nicaragua’s “Containment Wall”

(IPS) - Nicaragua’s “containment wall”, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States. A...

Costa Rica Has Highest Percentage of Immigrants

Costa Rica has the highest percentage of immigrants in Central America, according to the study Labor Market and Social Policies, of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The immigrant population tripled more between 1984 and 2000 and continued to increase later, although, at...

“MigrantApp” – Smartphone App For Migrants – Being Tested In Central America, Mexico

In San Jose, Costa Rica, on Friday the UN Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) activated the "MigrantApp application", a smartphone app that provides true, safe and free information in three languages about government, private and civil society services that provide protection...

Venezuela Asylum Requests Soar in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Costa Rica,  Panama and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in that country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States (OAS) said Tuesday. In the first half of this...

Emigrants from Africa and Asia increase, Catholic Church Denounces Government’s Indifference

The tragic incident of the sinking of the boat carrying migrants from Africa and Mongolia last Friday (Sept. 1) in the waters off Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast, confirms that in recent months the number of people trying to reach the United States has increased. In...

Man Dies, 4-year-old Boy Missing In Migrant Boat Capsize Off Costa Rica

One dead and a boy missing off one of the two small boats carrying migrants trying to cross from Costa Rica to Nicaragua that capsized Friday night, authorities reported. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) said at least 19 migrants, said to be from Africa...

60 Central America Migrants Found in Freezing Truck in Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 60 migrants from Central America packed into a frozen food truck at a South Texas border checkpoint. A number of the migrants wore hooded jackets and trousers as they lay flat on sheets of ice, according to BBC...

By Any Means Necessary: Refugees Fleeing Violence in Central America

Women and children from Central America began arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers during the summer of 2014. Referring to the “urgent humanitarian situation,” President Barack Obama called on Congress to build new detention centers, hire new immigration judges, and increase border surveillance...

Latin America’s Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security

Q24N (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security...

Potential Net Migration Index Falls in Middle East, Latin America

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- People's desire to migrate permanently to other countries rebounded slightly between 2013 and 2016, but Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI) shows adult populations would continue to grow only in Northern America, Europe (European Union and non-EU countries), and Australia, New...

Costa Rica Strengthened Defense of Human Rights

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Tens of thousands of mainly Cubans, Haitians and Africans seeking to reach the United States contributed to Costa Rica's "unprecedented" migratory flow into the country this year. In 2016, Costa Rica saw more than 26,000 "irregular migrants" arriving at the...

Panama Flies Over 200 Cuban Migrants to Mexico

  The Cubans are on their way north, hoping to enter the United States under an old agreement that promises privileges for Cuban migrants. A total of 238 people were airlifted aboard two Panamanian planes to Mexico, where they are entitled to a 20-day stay. They...

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