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MS13 Is a Street Gang, Not a Drug Cartel — and the Difference Matters

In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that pursuing the Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran gang also known as MS-13, was “a priority for our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.” “Drugs are killing more Americans than ever before, in large part thanks to powerful...

Why is El Salvador so dangerous? 4 essential reads

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it will eliminate the Temporary Protected Status that gave provisional U.S. residency to Salvadoran migrants after a 2001 earthquake. Some 200,000 Salvadorans now have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States, obtain a green...

Hurricanes Drive Immigration to the US

In the last few weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia have cut paths of destruction in the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S. While recovery and reconstruction will be an immense effort in Houston and Miami, it will likely be slower in poorer and smaller countries...

Gangs: the real ‘humanitarian crisis’ driving Central American children to the US

The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable...

Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants 90 years ago: Why the global fallout still matters

“No story…just a couple of wops in a jam.” Ninety years ago, on Aug. 23, 1927, two Italian immigrants were executed. The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political...

‘What If Mom Doesn’t Come Home’

Q COSTA RICA - Parents of children, U.S. citizens, who immigrated illegally to the United States fearing deportation under the Trump administration are seeking advice in securing care for their children in the event both are removed from the United States. A report by Reuters...

As US closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

(Q24N) A United States federal court has blocked President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order barring citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the US, but the impacts of the travel ban are already being felt at the nation’s borders. The suspended order...

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

(Q COSTA RICA) OPINION - Practically everyone I talk to these days shows an air concern of what will be their future in Trump's America. And without fail, ask my opinion of what will happen. As if I have the answer. I don't. This past...

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